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NH House postpones right-to-work vote

March 7, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—People gathered at the New Hampshire Statehouse for the return of right-to-work legislation will have to wait another week for a vote.

The House moved the vote on a controversial bill on union membership to next week because of legislative courtesy to missing key opponents.

The bill appears in much the same form as it did last year, stripping requirements for non-union employees to pay any fees to the union. New collective bargaining restrictions would allow non-union public employees to negotiate on their own behalf and repeal the unions' exclusive bargaining powers.

Right-to-work legislation appears frequently in New Hampshire with supporters saying it promotes worker freedom. Opponents argue right-to-work states get lower pay and worse working conditions.

The Legislature passed right-to-work last year, but narrowly sustained Gov. John Lynch's veto.

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