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NH Senate to consider House pension reform bill

April 17, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—A measure that strips New Hampshire's public unions of much of their bargaining power is back.

The Senate Finance Committee stripped the anti-union measure out of a budget bill last week, but the same measure is part of a House-passed pension reform bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the House bill Thursday.

Labor unions are galvanized against the proposed policy change that attempts to force public employees to make major concessions at the bargaining table before their contracts expire or become at-will employees whose wages and benefits can be changed by employers.

The bill also makes other changes to the pension system, including raising the rates workers pay toward retirement.