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Why pay for service that you don't want & works against your interests?

To The Daily Sun,

Right-to-Work (RTW) benefits workers and states, and is consistent with our nation's primary purpose of ensuring American citizens' liberties.

RTW opponents want workers forced to pay for unwanted union services, which are sometimes contrary to the worker's best interests. RTW opponents essentially make three bogus claims: that RTW provides "the right to work for less," "the right to freeload," and "union busting."

It's true that wages in some non-RTW states may be higher than in some RTW states, but what's important is purchasing power which is typically equal or higher in RTW than in forced union states; e.g., a Manchester resident earning $50,000 needs to earn more than $60,000 to have the same purchasing power in Boston. According to a George Mason University (Nobel Prize winning) economics department study, family purchasing power averages $2,800 more in RTW states than in non-RTW states.

The phrase "right to freeload" is catchy, but you aren't a freeloader when you don't pay for services you don't want and are against your best interests. Union membership has been declining. Now about 90 percent of American workers don't join unions even though they know they can.

RTW isn't union busting. The fact is that union membership in forced-union states is declining (about 9 percent between 2005-15) while union membership, and more significantly jobs, have been growing in RTW states.

Many workers see that unions often work against their interests. Union actions, unwise contracts, and the taxes and regulations put in place by union supported politicians have helped destroy tens of millions of good American jobs.

Union supported politicians, like Hillary Clinton who received about $2 billion from unions, legislate and govern against the interests of most workers. They encourage and protect illegal immigrants, drive up taxes, force workers' children into failing and sometimes dangerous schools, make us less safe by pampering criminals, prematurely condemning police, tolerating violent rioters, preventing proper investigation and handling of terrorist threats, and by trying to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans.

Right-to-Work is not a threat to unions that pursue workers' best interests. But forced unionization allows union bosses to pursue their own interests rather than those of workers.
Tell your state representatives to support RTW to benefit our state and current and future New Hampshire workers.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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Take time to scan Legislature's agenda and offer your opinions

To The Daily Sun,

This is the fifth of my reports to the voters on what is happening in Concord. I am on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, so we get some interesting bills. This week was lively with a House vote for "Constitutional Carry." This gives us the same rights as Vermont and several other states. This is the ability to carry a weapon concealed without a license, if we can legally own that firearm. This is a bill that has been passed before but vetoed by the Democrat governor. Governor Sununu has promised to sign the legislation. I supported this legislation.

This week there were two other firearms bills that our committee heard. One would have made it illegal to carry a firearm in a polling place and the other would have prevented transferring a weapon to another person without a background check. Both were defeated in committee. The second was the most insidious. It actually meant that allowing a person to use your gun on a firing range was illegal unless you did a background check. And he couldn't hand it back unless he also did a background check.

This week we also heard a bill on fetal homicide. The bill simply states if a fetus over eight weeks is killed on the course of a crime against the mother that the murder of an unborn child will be considered a crime. There was an exception for an abortion. The abortion right groups opposed it because they do not want any personhood to be ascribed the unborn child. We are holding it in committee until a similar bill from the Senate comes over. Today there are 38 states that have some kind of a fetal homicide law.

Thursday we listened to Governor Sununu deliver his budget speech. It was balanced but it certainly had its share of additional spending, particularly on opioid addiction and interdiction. It also asked to add full-day kindergarten. I have a copy of his budget and will be studying it in the upcoming weeks.

The legislation is moving fast. This week the whole house will vote on Right to Work legislation to make union membership optional. I will support this. By the time you read this report it may be too late for you to voice your opinion on a given bill. You have to get engaged. Every week on Friday the calendar for the next week comes out online. Take time to scan through the list and contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 if you have any questions. You can find the calendar at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/caljourns/default.htm.
State Rep. Dave Testerman
Franklin

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