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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Right To Work: Why The States Are Divided And The Debate In N.H.

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Right to Work bills, which are about the power of unions to collect dues, have been debated in New Hampshire many times before. Now, as right to work continues to gain ground around the country, we’ll review the history and the arguments around it, and how New Hampshire fits into the national picture.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

N.H. Debates The Growing Reliance On Adjunct Professors

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As the number of teaching positions filled by non-tenure track, often part-time ‘adjunct professors’ has increased, this group gains attention for what it describes as low pay, few benefits, and lack of job security. But with tough financial times at higher ed institutions across the country, schools say there’s just not enough money.

This show was guest-hosted by Brady Carlson.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Striking FairPoint Workers To Vote On New Contract

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New Hampshire FairPoint workers who have been on strike since October will vote on a new labor agreement Saturday. Ratification meetings will take place in both Manchester and Portsmouth.

Vermont workers cast their on Friday; Maine workers will follow suit on Sunday.

The new agreement comes after more than a month of negotiations led by a federal mediator.

 

Union representatives say ratification of the contract will be announced Sunday night. If successful, more than 1,700 striking workers could be back to work as early as next week.

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NH News
5:38 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fairpoint, Unions Will Head Back To Negotiating Table

FairPoint Communication and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers are headed back to the bargaining table.  

Top leaders from both negotiating teams are to gather in Washington, D.C., at the request of Allison Beck, acting director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  The unions said the meeting is Sunday.  

The last session convened by a federal mediator in Boston on Nov. 18 ended with no progress.  

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
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There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

What The Market Basket Protests Mean For The Future Of Labor Unions

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This supermarket standoff has attracted national attention for its unlikely coalition of customers, workers, managers, and suppliers organizing against top executives, while traditional unions have been on the sidelines. We're looking at how these events fit into the changing landscape of organized labor, and where unions may be headed next.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FairPoint Union Workers Picket Ahead Of Next Round Of Bargaining

Union workers at FairPoint picketed outside locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont Tuesday morning. This comes as contract negotiations with the company are set to resume Wednesday.

The two sides have been at the bargaining table since April and through the expiration of the workers’ last six-year contract on August second.

New Hampshire union negotiator Glenn Brackett says the company plans to increase health care costs, freeze the pension fund and hire out-of-state contractors without union permission.

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Newscast
3:47 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Unions: Preliminary Vote Count Makes Fairpoint Strike Authorization Likely

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike.  Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.

Word of Mouth
2:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

5.15.14: Figuring Out GDP, Alternative Labor Unions, and Did Neanderthal Parents Love Their Kids?

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It gets bandied about countless times by economists, politicians, and newscasters, but what exactly is GDP? Today on Word of Mouth, the surprisingly fascinating process of measuring Gross Domestic Product, and what this live or die by economic indicator overlooks. Plus, prehistoric humans are commonly depicted as grunting, club-wielding brutes. Now, evidence that Neanderthal parents didn’t just rear children, but loved and cherished them. All that and more on today's show.

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NH News
11:25 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Arbitrator Overturns Firing Of UNH Professor

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 An independent arbitrator has overturned the termination of a University of New Hampshire associate professor, saying there was not just cause for UNH's actions.   In May, UNH said Marco Dorfsman, who teaches Spanish, admitted to intentionally lowering the student evaluations of another faculty member.   Dorfsman grieved UNH's decision and the matter went to the arbitrator, Gary Altman, who overturned it but recommended that Dorfsman be disciplined.

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NH News
12:27 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

N.H. Union Members Ratify Contract With State

State workers have ratified a tentative contract agreement with New Hampshire that requires workers to pay a deductible for the first time, but shares health plan savings with the workers in exchange.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Adjunct Professors Demonstrate In Manchester

Demonstrators picket outside of Manchester Community College
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Community college teachers demonstrated in Manchester this morning to highlight ongoing negotiations between school administrators and adjunct faculty. 

Around 15 teachers and supporters picketed in front of Manchester Community College to call attention to what they say is unfair treatment of part-time teachers by the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The adjuncts’ chief concerns are health insurance, job security, and compensation.

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NH News
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Faculty Seek To Unionize At Plymouth State University

A Plymouth State University faculty group wants its 174 full-time, tenure track professors to be able to form a union.

The State Employee’s Association (SEA) filed on behalf of the faculty Monday to hold an election with the New Hampshire Public Employees Labor Relations Board.

Eligible members would vote to join the SEA later this spring. More than fifty percent approval is needed to pass.

Supporters of the union, like Associate Professor Scott Coykendall, say that it will improve communication with current and future university administrations.

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NH News
1:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

N.H. Electric Co-op Lineworkers Consider Strike

The union representing New Hampshire Electric Cooperative lineworkers says it is considering a strike.

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Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Should Politicians Take Heed of Refs' Return?

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Football fans are rejoicing today at news that the National Football League finally reached a deal with referees… their lockout put replacement refs at the center of a pop culture firestorm.

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NH News
5:32 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Union Demonstrators Protest Outsourcing at Guinta's Manchester Office

NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie leading the march down Elm St. in Manchester.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A group of about twenty five demonstrators, organized by the AFL-CIO, petitioned Congressman Frank Guinta’s office to support the anti-outsourcing legislation known as the Bring Jobs Home Act.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

SEA Endorses Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley at SEA
Ryan Lessard NHPR

One of the state’s largest public unions, the State Employees Association, endorsed democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley on Monday.

SEA President Diana Lacey cites Cilley’s refusal to take the state pledge against new broad-based taxes and her commitment to collaborative leadership as the most significant factors in the union’s decision.

“It wasn’t just the pledge. It’s the manner in which we anticipate Jackie will lead.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Getting High on Union Dues

This is the one union that will kick you out if you pass a drug test. Jesse McKinley wrote about the evolution and demands of the San Francisco drug users union for The New York Time.

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Tourism Boom Pays Off For N.Y. Hotel Union

New York hotel workers protest at a hearing for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in June 2011. Under a new contract, workers will receive "panic buttons" to use if they fear for their safety. They also won several other significant benefits.
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Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 6:01 pm

When the New York Hotel Trades Council ratified a new contract for hotel workers last month, much of the media coverage focused on "panic buttons." Coming after the sexual assault allegations against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the idea of housekeepers wearing a badge that could call for help was all over the news.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Is “Right to Work" Right for New Hampshire?

The state legislature is once again looking at whether the Granite State should join twenty-three others in adopting so-called “right to work legislation” which governs unionization.   But this effort narrowly failed last  year, and this year, opposition remains strong.  We’ll talk with two national experts about  the economics and politics of “right to work”.   

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NH News
8:49 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lawmakers Seek Final Say on Collective Bargaining Deals

The New Hampshire House has passed a bill giving lawmakers final say on collective bargaining agreements with the State. The legislation is just the latest effort by Republicans in Concord to rein in the costs of public employee contracts.

"This gives the legislature the ability to look at an entire contract and say whether it is fair, and whether we should fund it," says Republican Neil Kurk of Weare.

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Business
3:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Unions Create TV Ad To Appeal To Young People

A new TV ad recently test-launched by the AFL-CIO discusses work, but never mentions unions specifically.
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At a time when young activists from Zucotti Park to Tahrir Square have shown what the Internet and social media can do to help organize people, some American unions have been taking notes.

The AFL-CIO is embarking on a new advertising campaign that combines new and old technologies.

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