Cornerstone testifies in favor of HB 474; right to work bill

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2011
Contact: Kevin Smith
Phone: (603) 571-4710

Concord, NH – Today, the New Hampshire House Labor Committee took up HB 474, which would prohibit collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a union as a condition of employment, also known as “Right to Work.”

Testifying to the committee in support of the proposed law was Cornerstone Action lobbyist, Ellen Kolb:

“We recognize and defend the absolute right of a worker to form or join a labor union without penalty.  However, it is appropriate for New Hampshire to recognize the corresponding right of a worker to choose not to affiliate with a union, again without penalty. No company and no law should interfere with that choice.”

Kolb added, “Should HB 474 pass and be signed into law, unions will not suddenly collapse, rather, they will now stand on their own merit instead of forcing employees to join them and pay into them as a condition of employment.  If the security and benefits the unions offer are truly as spectacular as their leaders here today say they are, then they should have nothing to fear from HB 474, as employees will continue to choose to join them – but ultimately, it should be just that: their choice.”

Cornerstone-Action is the legislative and issue advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit education and research organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.

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