In a close vote, the New Hampshire House GOP failed to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of a so-called “right to work” bill that would crack down on unions’ ability to collectively bargain.
According to Boston.com, the state House voted 240-139 to sustain Lynch’s veto of the bill, coming just 12 votes shy of the two thirds majority required to overturn the veto. Republican Speaker William O’Brien had been accused of repeatedly refusing to call for a vote, being aware that he did not have the necessary votes to override Lynch.
New Hampshire’s Democratic House members called the measure another attempt by the Republicans to undercut the middle class for the benefit of big business. “‘Union members aren’t thugs. They’re police officers. They’re firefighters,’ said Democratic Rep. Jeff Goley, a firefighter from Manchester. ‘What will right-to-work do here in New Hampshire? Right-to-work will lower wages and lower benefits, not create jobs.’”
The “right to work” bill became a cause du jour for Republicans in the wake of the 2010 elections, with many states, most notably Wisconsin, trying to pass bills that would limit the ability of unions to negotiate for better working conditions. Congressional Republicans even labored on a national version, sponsored by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.
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