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America Needs Unions Now More Than Ever as Supreme Court Sides With Corporate Billionaires

On heels of high-profile walkouts, new organizing and spiking approval for unions, union leaders see decision as rallying point to unrig economy and put workers first WASHINGTON – June 27, 2018 – The following statement was issued by leaders and members of NEA, AFSCME, SEIU and AFT following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against working people and in favor of billionaire CEOs and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in the public sector violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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NEA-NH Recommends Joe Pace for District 3 Executive Council

NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of Joe Pace in the race for Executive Council in District 3. “Joe Pace understands the value of public education in New Hampshire,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle. “He attended public schools in Stratham and Exeter, and graduated from UNH. He knows firsthand how important our public schools are as pathways to prosperity for all of our families. He advocated for UNH as a student leader, and has continued to be a strong voice for public education as an

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NEA-NH Announces Recommendation of Molly Kelly for Governor

NEA-New Hampshire recommended Molly Kelly to be the next governor of New Hampshire in a press conference at Beaver Meadow School in Concord this week. “Molly Kelly has always been a champion for public school education, and we enthusiastically endorse her to be our next governor,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH president. “Instead of pushing a school voucher program that would weaken public schools, we know Molly will work to strengthen public education, support teachers and ensure every child can earn a quality education.” “It is an honor to earn the

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Reviewing the 2017-2018 Legislative Results

The 2017-2018 Legislative Session has come to a close, a little earlier than usual this year due to State House renovations. Here is a quick look back at the past two sessions in Concord, beginning with the 2018 Session. Established an Educator Death Benefit and Increased Funding for School Security Since Columbine, educators have too often been called upon to act as first responders to incidents of school violence. HB 1415 establishes a $100,000 death benefit for any school employee killed in the line of duty as a result of

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NEA-NH Welcomes Passage of the School Employee Death Benefit Bill

Members urge Governor to sign bill into law CONCORD, NH – May 23, 2018 – The School Employee Death Benefit bill, along with an additional $10 million for school security upgrades, passed both the House and Senate today. There was a voice vote in the Senate, and the bill passed the House 262-76. The bill is now headed to the Governor. The most recent slaughter of students and educators in Texas is further evidence of the need for this bill for the surviving families of school employees who die from violence while doing their jobs. So long as school employees think of their students’ safety first, and they will in every instance, they are entitled to know that their families will have some degree of financial security should they die.

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Protest the Betsy DeVos Visit

President Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is coming to New Hampshire on Monday night for a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser. The Secretary’s visit comes on the heels of a desperate effort by Governor Sununu to revive SB 193, the school voucher bill which would have diverted funds from public schools to private and religious institutions. It’s the same failed policy that DeVos has pushed aggressively in her short tenure with the Department of Education. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!  It’s up to us, the people of New Hampshire, to take a visible stand to protect our schools and our children. Please join us to protest DeVos’s visit from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Monday, May 14th outside the Atkinson Country Club. JOIN US MONDAY AFTERNOON – WEAR RED – Click for

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Dear Gov. Sununu; You Have Underestimated Us Once Again

An open letter to Governor Sununu:   Dear Governor Sununu, We are aware that SB193 supporters have tied their unconstitutional voucher bill to the bill authorizing the public-school employee death benefit, among other education related bills.  The thousands of school employees in this state, along with their families and supporters find this tactic reprehensible.  If you believed that we would be moved to offer support for a bill that robs millions from public school children across the state to save the death benefit bill, then you have grossly underestimated the lengths to which public school employees will go to protect our students. Employing strong-arm, parliamentary trickery to save your voucher scheme at a time when New Hampshire teachers dip into their own pockets to purchase pens, paper, and other needed

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NEA-NH Links Sununu’s Failure to Endorse Educator Death Benefit Bill to Committee Vote to Kill the Bill

HB 1415 would have provided a $100,000 death benefit payment for educators killed in the line of duty. The bill mirrors a similar benefit currently provided to first responders. CONCORD, NH, April 18, 2018 – NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle blamed Governor Sununu’s failure to endorse HB1415 as the reason the Senate Finance Committee voted to kill the bill today. HB1415 would have provided a $100,000 death benefit payment for educators killed in the line of duty. The bill mirrors a similar benefit currently provided to first responders. “On behalf of the 17,000 NEA-NH members who work in public schools where shootings are becoming all too common place, I requested Governor Sununu to support this bill. He did not even give me or our members the courtesy of a reply,” said

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Legislative Update – 4/6/2018

With crossover day happening yesterday, the Senate began work on House bills (and vice-versa) this week. Educator Death Benefit Passes Senate Committee Unanimously The NEA-NH backed bill to extend the $100,000 Death Benefit that currently covers police and firefighters to educators killed in the line of duty, was heard in the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee on Wednesday. Following the hearing, the committee voted unanimously to pass the bill, with a full vote in the Senate next week. Too often we contact our elected officials asking them to pass or oppose legislation, but then forget to say thank you when they support public school educators and students. If you would like to take a moment to thank the five Senators on ED&A, you can do so here. COLA for Retirees

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