Posted by 29 March 2021
New Hampshire may soon become the first state in the Northeast to enact a right-to-work law.
The state senate has already passed right-to-work legislation and the state house is gearing up to vote on the bill soon. This law would end the requirement that New Hampshire workers either join a union or pay a fee to a union as a condition of employment.
Supporters of right-to-work legislation say that no one should be forced to join a union or pay a fee to a union in order to work. They contend that unions should attract workers and their money voluntarily, not through the state forcing workers to fund labor organizations. Those opposed to these laws contend that since unions bargain on behalf of every worker at a business, no worker should be able to “free ride” on the benefits provided by unions.
The effort to pass right-to-work is one that has been attempted before in New Hampshire. In 2017, newly-elected Gov. Chris Sununu pushed for this type of law. The bill failed to gain a majority in the state house, however, with some moderate Republicans voting against it. This year, however, there are more conservatives in the legislature, leading to the bill's increased chance of success.
Currently 28 states have this type of law.
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