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Now They Want To Tell Us How To Pay Our Bills

We face a new challenge to our ability to effectively advocate for the 180,000 children in our public schools – the prohibition of payroll dues deduction. The bill, sponsored by Representatives, Hinch, Kurk, Packard, Chandler, Carr and Ohm states that “no public employer shall withhold union dues from a public employee’s wages. No other deductions are targeted by their bill. Only union dues. This legislation serves no purpose except to punish school employees and the unions that represent them. It creates no jobs, saves no money for school districts, and

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LOCKDOWN: The Assault on Public Education Has Begun

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So-Called Right-to-Work Fails (Again)

Today, New Hampshire House members voted again to keep our state free from so-called Right-to-Work restrictions.  “Educator’s working conditions are our child’s learning conditions,” said Megan Tuttle acting NEA-NH President. “By weakening the ability of educators to advocate for students, kids across New Hampshire stood to lose things like smaller class sizes, safe classrooms and drinking water, up-to-date resources, and expanded curriculum choices. Our ability to advocate for every public-school student was preserved today.” “When out-of-state interests with pre-written legislation and lots of money try to set legislative priorities in

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NEA-NH Deeply Disappointed With Edelblut Confirmation

NEA-NH is deeply disappointed with today’s vote from the Executive Council confirming Governor’s Sununu’s choice to head the education department, Frank Edelblut.   “Like DeVos, Edelblut has no experience or interaction with the public education system of New Hampshire. Overseeing a state department of education requires an in-depth knowledge of how public schools are governed, how they are managed, and the challenges employees in public schools face. Mr. Edelblut possesses no such knowledge or experience. Other than overseeing the management functions of the employees under his direct supervision, the business

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Senate Approves Unqualified Secretary of Education

The U.S. Senate approved Betsy DeVos, the embattled pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Educators across the nation spearheaded the opposition initially but the chorus against her nomination quickly mushroomed and took on a life of its own immediately following her confirmation hearing. “Mrs. DeVos’ clearly lacks even a basic understanding of federal education policy, laws, and instructional practices. She has no relevant experience. There is just no way I would ever be certified to instruct students in New Hampshire if I lacked as much knowledge and experience in my field. But she gets to be the nation’s chief educator. How is this good for kids?” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire Vice-president. NEA’s historic campaign rallied parents, students, educators, civil rights groups, and other public education advocates-both Republicans

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RELEASE: Senate Limits Employees’ Ability to Advocate With Passage of SB-11

Joint Statement of the leaders of New Hampshire AFL-CIO and its affiliates, the National Education Association of New Hampshire, the State Employees Association, the New Hampshire Carpenters, and the New Hampshire Teamsters following the Senate passage of so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation Concord – Today the New Hampshire Senate passed the so-called “Right-to-Work” bill. This bill is not about improving New Hampshire’s economy or increasing the freedoms of any worker in the Granite State. Instead it is an attack on all working families by special interests seeking to lower wages for everyone and undermine worker protections. This bill is designed to do one thing and one thing only: limit employees’ ability to advocate on behalf of what’s best for their families and communities. This bill will silence the teachers who advocate on

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NEA-NH Response to Edelblut Nomination

Governor Chris Sununu is reportedly set to tap former one-term State Representative Frank Edelblut as New Hampshire Commissioner of Education. Best known for his divisive statements in the legislature and during his brief run for the Republican nomination for governor last year, Edelblut is one of New Hampshire’s most extreme opponents of a strong public education system. NEA-NH Vice-president Megan Tuttle provided the following response to the nomination: “We all—parents, educators, officials, community leaders—share the responsibility for the success of students. We must all ask ourselves what we can do in our respective roles to make our schools better for kids and help to ensure their success. For educators, that means reaching and motivating every student. For parents, that means instilling values of respect, responsibility and a love of learning.

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My Union Experience: Standing Strong for Education for More Than 150 Years

This legislative session is shaping up to be a challenging one. Now more than ever, our collective strength will enable us to serve the needs of our students and members. During the 2016 Campaigns we heard our candidates speak out eloquently in support of public education and labor unions. We also heard the same anti-labor, anti-teacher, anti-public education rhetoric. Sadly, many of those supporting these views have won office. We know that our union experience is far different than the cliches, scapegoating, and name-calling. My union experience starts with recognizing and supporting the mission of my school – delivering the best possible educational experience for our students, supporting all those that make that experience possible, and, since we are a public institution, advocating for legislative support at the local, state

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2016 Election Results: Challenging Years Ahead

by Brendon Browne, Government Relations Director, NEA-New Hampshire NEA-New Hampshire recommended candidates at the top of the ticket went four for five, with Secretary Clinton carrying the state, Governor Hassan narrowly defeating Senator Ayotte for a U.S. Senate seat, Congresswoman Annie Kuster returning to Washington for a third consecutive term in the Second Congressional District, and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for a fourth non-consecutive term.  Unfortunately, in what is probably the most important race for NEA-NH, Executive Council Chris Sununu defeated fellow Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern in the Governor’s race. Governor Elect Sununu will be the first Republican Governor in twelve years in New Hampshire, and only  he second Republican to be elected to that office in the last eleven elections.  “Whether the issue is respect for public school students and educators, college affordability, or bullying, our 17,000 members believe in public  education, and believe that everyone

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