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Will New Hampshire be the first state in the Northeast to ban compulsory unionism?

At Liberty for All, we believe that freedom of association, as protected by the First Amendment of the constitution, guarantees the right of each American to seek employment without fear of being coerced to pay dues to a union against their wishes.

Right-to-work laws in most cases have the same basic purpose; namely, to prevent companies from firing workers who do not pay union dues and to preserve the liberty of workers. It would save workers – but cost unions – a lot of money. Heritage Foundation calculations using 2010 union financial reports data from the Department of Labor and Office of Labor–Management Standards found that private-sector New Hampshire unions would lose 15 percent of their dues-paying members totaling about $1.9 million a year.

New Hampshire has considered right-to-work legislation each year since 2011. It has never made it into law, either dying in the House, the Senate, or the Governor’s desk. However, the new Governor of New Hampshire, Christopher Sununu, included the right-to-work issue as part of his agenda. This brings hope that New Hampshire may be the twenty-ninth state to pass such legislation.

Right-to-work states are attractive to business investment. Whether a state has such a law is a factor considered by companies looking to relocate or build new plants. Stan Greer of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research said “Once it adopts a right-to-work law, New Hampshire will be the first state in the Northeast to ban compulsory unionism, and will become a magnet for the region’s entrepreneurs, business owners, and workers seeking to improve their living standards”.

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Stan Greer Quote – https://www.lfda.org/issues/right-work-law