N.H. Gov. Lynch Vetoes Right to Work

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) vetoed a so-called right to work bill today, saying that "There is no evidence that this legislation will offer any benefits to New Hampshire's economy or workers."

Earlier this month, the bill passed the state Senate by a veto-proof majority but fell short of a super majority in the House, where a close override fight is expected.

In his veto message, Lynch says New Hampshire has a lower unemployment rate and a stronger economy than most states with so-called right to work laws. He also points out that in states with "right to work" for less laws, workers on average have a lower standard of living, bring home less in their paychecks and go without health insurance more frequently.

In my time as a CEO, in my years spent in the private sector turning around companies, and in my seven years as governor, I have never seen the so-called right-to-work law serve as a valuable economic development tool.

He also says that the push for "right to work" in New Hampshire is being driven by "national outside interest groups and is not a result of problems facing New Hampshire businesses or workers."

AFL-CIO Now Blog, Thurs May 11 2011

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