Lynch‘s veto assured on right-to-work bill
CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch would veto legislation to make New Hampshire the first state in the Northeast to adopt so-called right-to-work legislation, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Anti-union supporters want New Hampshire to join 22 states that have laws that block unions from compelling payment from employees.
State law does not require anyone to join a union. But unions that negotiate a “closed shop” in that workplace can have nonmembers make fair share payments to support the costs of collective bargaining.
New Hampshire wages are among the highest in the country and state job growth is leading the nation, so there’s no reason to pursue this bill (HB 474) said Colin Manning, Lynch’s press secretary.
“The governor sees no need for it, and if it reaches his desk, he would veto it,’’ Manning said.
This is the first time in 2011 where Lynch has vowed to veto the measure.
In past election campaigns, this four-term Democrat from Hopkinton has made such a vow.
Manning’s statement comes a day after the House of Representatives sent the right-to-work bill to the Senate. The 231-121 vote, however, came up about 10 votes shy of the two-thirds super-majority that the House needs to overcome a Lynch veto.
– KEVIN LANDRIGAN