New Hampshire Republicans Fail To Override Veto of Anti-Union Bill

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, 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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Mick R.
Mick R6 years ago

Steve B - Thanks for pointing out Steve R's total lack of respect for the office of President of the United States. Presidents are called President even after they no loger serve in that capacity. We sometimes are not thrilled with the person but we still need to respect the office.

Mick R.
Mick R6 years ago

Steve R - I won't even attempt to educate you to the facts because you will obviously ignore them because they don't support your ignorance. However, I will say that your ignorance of, so called, right to work laws and unions must truely be a result of ideological conditioning in contradiction of the facts. One thing you might want to know is that union jobs pay approximately 28% more than the same non-union jobs in both the private and public sector. Just a thought.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

I have worked for companies that don't have unions and I have worked for Union Companies. Union Companies win hands down. I would never go back to a company that doesn't have unions unless I was forced to.

Lauren Baker
Lauren Baker6 years ago

Steve R, I agree with not being forced to join a union. The problem with that though, is how does a company differentiate? They can't possibly hire somebody without giving them the same benefits and pay a unionized worker gets, can they? It would show how little people would get if they didn't have a union backing them. So the only choice is union or no union. Rights or no rights. Without unions though, we would go back to a time when they could fire you because you are too old, too black, too female, not willing to consent to being sexually harrassed, not willing to get paid less for doing someone else's job, etc. Those who advocate getting rid of unions are essentially trusting that companies are not corrupt, and we have seen time and time again that they are exactly that. They will try to get away with doing as little as they can for their employees. Why do you think they go overseas to third world countries? So they can pay employees way less than they deserve!!!!

Tom P.
Tom Pearce6 years ago

Steve R.! I will ask again! Has there been an article on Care2 that you have agreed with? You and Diana O seem to have an agenda more than most! .

kate dyson
kate dyson6 years ago

they mean right to become a slave and work for food and maybe shelter....disgusting

John Kramer
John Kramer6 years ago

The governor is a scum.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

NO ONE IS FORCED TO JOIN ANY UNION. if you don't like Union shops then don't work in one. Its simple. Unions CREATED the middle class whether you like to believe that or not.

No one is forcing you to work in one Steve……..nor is it forcing anyone else to. So you can scream FORCE all you want. Its a lie. It has always been a lie. There have aways been plenty of non union shops available. But people didnt like the wages there….and the lack of benefits.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Hey Steve R.

here's your "buyer's remorse"!

Maryanne E.
Maryanne E6 years ago

Seems to me all those anti-union ideas are falling apart. Fine by me.