The NH House on March 11th passed HB 658 the latest version of a proposed NH House version of a "Right to Work Law." In February, the Senate version of the bill SB 107 was tabled with a 12 to 12 vote.
According to the National Right to Work Legal Foundation " The Right to Work principle--the guiding concept of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation--affirms the right of every American to work for a living without being compelled to belong to a union. Compulsory unionism in any form--"union," "closed," or "agency" shop--is a contradiction of the Right to Work principle and the fundamental human right that the principle represents. The National Right to Work Committee advocates that every individual must have the right, but must not be compelled, to join a labor union. " 27 states are so called " right to work " states having passing some version of this legislation.
The House bill passed in a close roll call vote , 149 to 146. Our local representatives Glen Cordelli and Ted Wright voted "YEA" and Karel Crawford was listed in the roll call tally as "Not Voting/Excused. "
HB 658 will now presumably be headed to the NH Senate seeking concurrence. If by chance it passes the Senate ( not likely based upon the 12-12 tie on SB 107) it faces a possible veto by Gov. Hassan.