Concord, NH (AP) – New Hampshire will not become the next so-called right to work state. House lawmakers have killed the union-targeting legislation after todays debate.
The outcome marks a defeat for newly elected Gov. Chris Sununu, who called right to work a top priority and had urged members of his party to get in line. Right to work legislation says non-union members can’t be forced to pay fees, even if they benefit from the union’s collective bargaining.
With a Republican in the corner office, national right to work advocates saw New Hampshire as a top target for passage. But a handful of legislators did not change their opposition Thursday, despite intense lobbying efforts from House leadership, the governor and the state Republican party.
The bill failed by a vote of 200 to 177.