Manchester—Today, National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its endorsement of Governor Maggie Hassan for re-election, asking its more than 16,000 members and their families to support Governor Hassan during the campaign and on Election Day.
“Governor Maggie Hassan has been a tireless advocate for public education and we must re-elect her this November to preserve the dream of a quality public education for every child in New Hampshire,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “Walt Havenstein or Andrew Hemingway would be a disaster for public education in this state, taking us back to the devastating cuts of the Bill O’Brien era. For the sake of our children’s future, we cannot afford to put either one of them in the Governor’s office. From freezing in-state tuition to protecting K-12 funding to modernizing STEM education, Governor Hassan has proven time and again that she will fight to ensure the success of every child and champion the interests of our students and their parents.”
“I am truly honored to have earned the support of more than 16,000 of New Hampshire’s teachers and their families,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “New Hampshire’s public schools are often ranked among the nation’s best, but we must continue working to ensure that all of our young people can develop the skills and innovative thinking they will need to compete in today’s global economy. Since entering office, I’ve fought to invest in public K-12 and higher education, and I will keep working to strengthen our public education system in order to expand opportunity for all of our children.”
Governor Hassan worked across party lines to pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that maintained funding for K-12 education and restored funding for higher education – making it possible to freeze in-state tuition at the university system and reduce tuition at our community colleges.
The Governor also created a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education in our public schools, and launched a new effort to partner manufacturing companies directly with classes at local schools, building relationships that can lead to a stronger workforce pipeline.
The Governor will continue working to ensure our children have access to a world-class education in order to be prepared for success in the 21st century economy.
About NEA-New Hampshire
Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 16,000 members, NEA-NH is the largest association of public employees in the state. Our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees, and to promote lifelong learning remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school educators in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.
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Initiative Creates 100-Day Challenge to Employers to Incorporate or Expand Veteran Hiring Initiatives
CONCORD – In order to support New Hampshire’s veterans and help ensure that they have the employment opportunities that they deserve, Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) Commissioner George Copadis today launched Operation VETS Connect, an initiative aimed at building on current efforts to support veteran hiring in New Hampshire.
Operation VETS Connect creates a 100-day challenge to New Hampshire employers to incorporate or expand upon established veteran hiring initiatives. The challenge runs from September 2 to December 10, and it will promote a greater awareness of veterans, the unique skills that they bring to the workforce and the benefits employers obtain in hiring them.
“Our veterans sacrifice bravely in defense of our freedoms, and they have the character, experience and work ethic to be an asset for any employer,” Governor Hassan said. “They represent the very best of our state’s deep talent pool, possessing a wide variety of transferrable skills proven in real-world situations, including leadership, collaboration and the ability to focus on and achieve defined objectives. Operation VETS Connect is an exciting initiative that will help strengthen our civilian workforce and our economy while ensuring that all of our veterans have access to the employment opportunities that they deserve.”
“New Hampshire Employment Security is committed to supporting veteran employment, and we are proud to launch Operation VETS Connect, an important initiative that will enhance current efforts to support veteran hiring in the Granite State,” NHES Commissioner George Copadis said.
As part of Operation VETS Connect, NHES will continue to host veteran-specific job fairs. The state will also send out notices to employers about the benefits of hiring veterans and provide resources to veterans to assist with resume writing and other tips for a successful job search.
In addition, referrals or funding may be available through state agencies for training opportunities such as the Return to Work and On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs, apprenticeships and programs through NH Works. For OJT specifically, up to $500,000 may be available.
Employers with a federal tax identification number and who hire New Hampshire veterans are eligible to participate in Operation VETS Connect. In order to participate, employers must register in the New Hampshire Job Match System (JMS), share job announcements with the local American Job Center and complete a job fair registration form.
Participating employers are encouraged to attend NHES-sponsored job fairs or host a hiring-recruitment event. They also agree to consider veteran applicants and their unique skills, to work with NHES to identify areas to help better prepare denied applicants to enter the workforce and to respond to all resumes and applications received from veterans.
Veteran job seekers must visit their local American Job Center, register in JMS, attend local NHES job fairs and make a good faith effort to strengthen their documentation and presentation to employers of relevant skills and experience.
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The WMUR Photographers are asking for our help and support as they go against Hearst Communications, the owners of WMUR.
Dan Ryan, one of the 13 photographers from WMUR explained the situation to the crowd at the NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast.
Please show your support, by sharing this post or video with your friends. If you are on twitter, please tweet to @WMUR9 and include @WMURphotog9
From a previous NHLN post:
Informational Picket at the Republican Primary Debates
September 2nd through the 5th
At WMUR 100 South Commercial Street, Manchester, NH
SUPPORT IBEW PHOTOGRAPHERS IBEW Local 1228
Since 2005, the WMUR Photographers have been the only Employees in the Station without a pension plan. Despite the fact that they tried to bargain for it repeatedly, Hearst, the parent Company of WMUR has refused to grant it. In fact, another unit of Employees at the Station who are represented by Local 1228 have that pension. Why not these 13 workers?
On Wednesday August 20th IBEW Local 1228 sent notice to WMUR Station Manager Jeff Bartlett that they were terminating the Contract effective August 30. The move was made so that the Photographers can legally launch a public awareness campaign and to engage in concerted actions if needed.
All we are asking for is equal treatment for the Employees that capture and deliver the news, every day. But the Hearst Corporation’s attitude is “we have no appetite for it”. How ridiculous! These Employees risk their physical and mental health daily to report the news including politics, tragedies, heart wrenching events and stories of hope from all over New Hampshire. They work side by side with first responders, shoot the video and edit these stories to inform and educate the citizens of New Hampshire. They generate the revenue Hearst enjoys from this station and deserve equal treatment in retirement benefits.
These Republican primary debates are important to WMUR for continued political revenue and their community image.
We ask you to join us there from 5-7pm each evening and help us send a message to Hearst that corporate greed will not be tolerated in New Hampshire.
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Bread and Roses Heritage Festival, Lawrence MA
In a sense the heroes of Labor Day 2014 are the employees of the Demoulas Market Basket supermarket chain, from part-time baggers all the way up to CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, whose dismissal six weeks ago prompted a mass walk-out and consumer boycott that brought him back to the company’s helm. It was an unusual example of labor solidarity, to say the least.
To re-cap, when Arthur T. was ousted as CEO by stockholders led by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, middle managers walked out, truck drivers stopped making deliveries, baggers and clerks made protest signs during their shifts, and customers heeded the call of workers for a boycott. Five weeks later, August 27, Arthur T’s bid to buy out his rivals was accepted and workers and shoppers returned to the stores scattered across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.”
[See earlier post, “Bring Back the Boss.”]
I talked to two of the workers, Dave and Jordan, at the doorway of the Fort Eddy Road Market Basket in Concord, New Hampshire last Thursday, the morning after the deal was announced. They run the produce department, but with no produce on the shelves they were spending their shift welcoming customers back to the store after a five-week boycott and strike.
Dave said he had been “ready to battle to the end,” and that in the end “we hit them in the pocket.”
“We won,” said one smiling shopper. “Congratulations,” said another. “Those asses don’t know their asses from their elbows,” commented a third. “Thank you for your resolve,” added a fourth. Speaking of the customers who did their shopping elsewhere during the job action, Dave said, “We did it together.”
“There’s a power there,” commented Robert Forrant, a professor of history atUMASS Lowell, speaking four days later in the labor history tent at the 30th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence, MA. The Demoulas story is “evidence of collective action, workers and consumers working together.”
“If there are no workers, there is no production,” Forrant said. While that may be as basic a statement about the power of labor as one could make, it’s not one that has produced many compelling and successful examples in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the 21st century. So far.
“If I was a fast food worker, this would inspire me to think solidarity was possible,” said Forrant, who received this year’s Labor Day Heritage Festival Hall of Fame Award.
The festival also featured the first annual wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to the 1912 strike commemorated by the Bread and Roses Festival. There, too, Demoulas workers were front and center. “This monument speaks to me,” said Steve Paulenka, one of several company executives fired for instigating protests. “Remember what they did and why they did it.”
We should also remember the summer of 2014, “when a whole lot of ordinary folks got together and made extraordinary things happen,” Paulenka continued.
Professor Forrant says it’s too early to know whether the Demoulas struggle is one for the history books. But in 1912, he said, no one knew the Bread and Roses strike would inspire workers decades later.
Flowers laid at memorial to the 1912 Bread and Roses strike
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Governor Hassan as well as many others took time out of their busy schedules to stop and honor Labor at the New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s annual Labor Day Breakfast.
Labor Day is the one day a year when the entire nation stops to look back and praise the achievements of organized labor throughout history. Some, like Governor Hassan, respect and honor the hard work that union members do every day.
“You all make up the highly skilled workforce that makes up the backbone of our economy,” Hassan said.
Unions have always fought for better pay and better working conditions, and that leads to better pay and better working conditions for all Granite Staters.
“I am proud to stand before you as your Governor and say that, with your support, we have been able to come together, and we have begun to reverse the devastating cuts and misguided policies of the last legislature,” said Hassan.
Governor Hassan has also shown she supports working families by pushing for, and signing, legislation like “Paycheck Fairness,” that work to reduce the income inequality between men and women. She also worked to freeze in-state tuition at the University of New Hampshire schools. She proudly announced that next year the Community College System of NH would actually lower tuition by 5%.
There was one piece of legislation that Governor Hassan was eager to see, that never made it to her desk, and that was an increase in the NH Minimum Wage. The House passed a modest increase over two years, and Governor Hassan was very supportive of that legislation. However, when the bill got to the Senate, it was killed by a party line vote. The Republican’s in the Senate, killed that bill and every Granite Stater should know it.
We need to ensure that this November we elect leaders, like Governor Hassan, who will stand up for working families, who will fight for a minimum wage increase, who will fight to keep expanding our healthcare options, and fight against the corporate greed that is infecting our legislature. We need to ensure that we elect leaders who will oppose Right To Work (for less) in all its forms.
Below is the unedited address given by Governor Hassan at the NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast.
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