Hundreds of Veterans and Family Members Place Calls in Opposition to HB 474, Right to Work for Less

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Veterans and Military Families Support Workers Rights

New Hampshire - VoteVets Action Fund placed 20,000 phone calls primarily to the homes of active and veteran military families in New Hampshire over the weekend, urging them to contact their elected officials in opposition to HB 474, the Right to Work for Less bill.

"The end of active military service does not signal the end of public service for many veterans," said Ashwin Madia, Iraq War Veteran, and Interim Chairman of VoteVets.org. "In fact, veterans are more likely to work for state government than non-veterans. You can find retired servicemen and women in state jobs all across New Hampshire. These individuals know the value of strong public services and ensuring efficient government operations. Some of these veterans belong to unions and some don't, but our members believe strongly in good jobs that provide good wages and benefits. They don't want legislation that weakens the rights of workers and hurts middle class families, and those values were reflected in how many veterans and family members called on their Senators this week to reject HB 474, the Right to Work for Less legislation."

 

Hundreds of phone calls were made, some of which were stored on phone audio recordings to be sent throughout the week after it became apparent the Senate answering machines were at capacity. HB 474 is scheduled for a Senate Floor vote tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th.

 

"The Senators need to know that our veterans and military family members are working in our state offices, teaching in our schools and continuing their commitment to serve the country and the people they love," Madia said. "They are asking the Senate to honor the commitment they made, and that the people they work alongside of every day make, by refusing legislation that seeks to erode wages, health care benefits and other important foundations of a strong society."

 

Nationally, over 2 million veterans are also members of unions.

 

Excerpt of Facts and Citations:

 

Veterans Are More Likely To Work For State Government Than Non-Veterans.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13.8 percent of non-disabled veterans work for state government, while 12.2 percent of non-disabled non-veterans do. [Image available at Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2009]

 

Veterans Serve In New Hampshire's Public Schools. Through the federal Troops to Teachers program, retired veterans and members of New Hampshire's National Guard may be eligible for a $5,000 stipend to pay for teacher certification and a $10,000 bonus to teach in underperforming school districts. The NEA has long supported this program. [U.S. Department of Education, accessed 2/25/11; NEA, 11/10/09]

 

The State Of New Hampshire Manages A Veterans Home, Partially Serviced By Unionized State Employees. The State of New Hampshire oversees "a 250-bed facility for honorably-discharged veterans who have served for a period of at least 90 days in the armed forces of the United States in time of war and who have been New Hampshire residents for one year preceding application. Some restrictions on assets and medical treatment exist." [State Office of Veterans Services, accessed 2/25/11]

 

Veterans Receive Preferential Hiring For Union Jobs Within The New Hampshire State Government. According to the State Office of Veterans Services, veterans are to receive preferential hiring for unionized civil service jobs within the New Hampshire state government. [State Office of Veterans Services, accessed 2/25/11]

 

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