SB61 (2021) Detail

Prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union.


SB 61 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

3Jun2021... 1047h

2021 SESSION

21-0312

04/06

 

SENATE BILL 61

 

AN ACT prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Morse, Dist 22; Sen. Daniels, Dist 11; Rep. Marston, Hills. 19; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. A. Lekas, Hills. 37

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

3Jun2021... 1047h 21-0312

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Name of Act.  It is the intent of the general court that this act be known as “The New Hampshire Right to Work Act.”

2  New Chapter; Right to Work.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 273-C the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 273-D

RIGHT TO WORK

273-D:1  Short Title.  This chapter may be cited as "right to work."

273-D:2  Declaration of Public Policy.  It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state in order to maximize individual freedom of choice in the pursuit of employment and to encourage an employment climate conducive to economic growth, that all persons shall have, and shall be protected in the exercise of, the right freely, and without fear of penalty or reprise, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from any such activity.

273-D:3  Definitions.  In this chapter:

I.  “Employer” means any individual, corporation, association, organization, or entity that employs one or more persons.  The term includes, but is not limited to, the state of New Hampshire and its agencies, every district, board, commission, instrumentality, or other unit whose governing body exercises similar governmental powers.  The term “employer” includes, but is not limited to, employers of agricultural labor.

II.  “Labor organization” means any organization of any kind, or agency or employee representation committee or plan, which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of work, or other conditions of employment.

273-D:4  Freedom of Choice Guaranteed; Discrimination Prohibited.  No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:

I.  To resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;

II.  To become or remain a member of a labor organization;

III.  To pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;

IV.  To pay any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of a labor organization; or

V.  To be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared by or through a labor organization.

273-D:5  Voluntary Deductions Protected.  It shall be unlawful for any employer to deduct from the wages, earnings, or compensation of any employee any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges, to be held for, transferred to, or paid over to a labor organization, unless the employee has first presented, and the employer has received, a signed written authorization of such deductions, which authorization may be revoked by the employee at any time by giving written notice of such revocation 30 days in advance of its effective date.  Every employer who receives such an authorization from an employee shall have a duty to promptly notify that employee in writing that the employee may revoke an authorization at any time by giving the employer 30 days written notice.

273-D:6  Agreements in Violation, and Actions to Induce Such Agreements, Declared Illegal.  Any agreement, understanding, or practice, written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor organization and employer which violates the rights of employees as guaranteed by the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be unlawful, null and void, and of no legal effect.  Any strike, picketing, boycott, or other action, by a labor organization for the sole purpose of inducing or attempting to induce an employer to enter into any agreement prohibited under this chapter is hereby declared to be for an illegal purpose and is a violation of the provisions of this chapter.

273-D:7  Notice to be Posted.  It shall be the duty of every employer to post and keep continuously displayed the following notice at such a place or places in the business, establishment, or premises where it may be readily seen by all employees, and it shall be the further duty of every employer to furnish a copy of such notice to each employee at the time the employee is hired:

EMPLOYEES FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Under the law of the state of New Hampshire, employees are protected in the exercise of their free choice to join or refrain from joining labor unions, and it is unlawful for an employer and a labor union to enter into a contract or agreement requiring them to pay dues, fees, or charges of any kind to a labor union as a condition of obtaining or keeping a job.  Under this law, an employer may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because of joining or refusing to join a labor union, or to pay dues, or other charges to a labor union.

273-D:8  Coercion and Intimidation Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful for any person, labor organization, or officer, agent, or member thereof, or employer, or officer thereof, by any threatened or actual intimidation of an employee or prospective employee, or the employee’s parents, spouse, children, grandchildren, or any other persons residing in the employee’s or prospective employee’s home, or by any damage or threatened damage to property, to compel or attempt to compel such employee to join, affiliate with, or financially support a labor organization or to refrain from doing so, or otherwise forfeit any rights as guaranteed by provisions of this chapter.  It shall also be unlawful to cause or attempt to cause an employee to be denied employment or discharged from employment because of support or nonsupport of a labor organization by inducing or attempting to induce any other person to refuse to work with such employees.

273-D:9  Penalties.  Any person, employer, labor organization, agent, or representative of an employer or labor organization, who directly or indirectly imposes upon any person any requirement prohibited by this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, notwithstanding RSA 651:2, shall be subject for each offense to a fine not exceeding $1,000, or to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both.

273-D:10  Civil Remedies.  Any person harmed as a result of any violation or threatened violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be entitled to injunctive relief against any and all violators or persons threatening violation, and may also recover any or all damages of any character, including costs and reasonable attorney fees, resulting from such violation or threatened violation, cognizable at common law.  Such remedies shall be independent of, and in addition to, the penalties and remedies prescribed in other provisions of this chapter.

273-D:11  Duty to Investigate.  The attorney general, or his or her designee, shall investigate any complaints of violation of this chapter, and shall prosecute all persons violating any of its provisions, and use all means at their command to ensure effective enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.

273-D:12  Existing Contracts.  The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all contracts entered into on or after the effective date of this chapter.  This chapter shall not apply to contracts which expire after the effective date of this chapter, but shall apply to any renewal or extensions of such existing contracts.

273-D:13  Exceptions.  The provisions of this chapter shall not apply:

I.  To employers and employees covered by the federal Railway Labor Act.

II.  To federal employers and employees.

III.  To employers and employees on exclusive federal enclaves.

IV.  Where they would otherwise conflict with or be preempted by federal law.

273-D:14  Severability.  If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provisions or applications, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

SB61 at GenCourtMobile
SB61 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 26, 2021 Senate Hearing
Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 11, 2021 Senate Floor Vote
March 25, 2021 House Hearing
March 30, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Jan. 26, 2021 Senate Hearing
Feb. 11, 2021 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB61 Revision: 32609 Date: June 4, 2021, 10:47 a.m.
SB61 Revision: 33357 Date: June 2, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
SB61 Revision: 33358 Date: June 1, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
SB61 Revision: 33359 Date: March 31, 2021, 3:19 p.m.
SB61 Revision: 31993 Date: Jan. 19, 2021, 12:05 p.m.

Docket


June 3, 2021: Reconsider (Rep. Sullivan): MF DV 163-201 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 183


June 3, 2021: Reconsider (Rep. Sullivan): MF DV 163-201 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 183


June 3, 2021: Indefinitely Postpone (Rep. Soucy): MA RC 196-178 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 180


: Indefinitely Postpone MA RC 196-178 06/03/2021


June 3, 2021: Indefinitely Postpone (Rep. Soucy): MA RC 196-178 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 180


June 3, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Osborne): MF DV 171-204 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 180


June 3, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Osborne): MF DV 171-204 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 180


June 3, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-1047h: MF RC 175-199 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 178


: Ought to Pass with Amendment MF RC 175-199 06/03/2021


June 3, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-1047h: MF RC 175-199 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 178


June 3, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Infantine): MF RC 168-207 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 176


June 3, 2021: Lay on Table (Rep. Infantine): MF RC 168-207 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 176


: Lay on Table (Rep. Infantine) MF RC 168-207 06/03/2021


June 3, 2021: Reconsider Amendment 2021-1835h (Rep. Bordes): MF DV 178-193 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 176


June 3, 2021: Reconsider Amendment 2021-1835h (Rep. Bordes): MF DV 178-193 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 176


June 3, 2021: FLAM # 2021-1835h (Reps. Abramson, Binford, Love): AF DV 183-190 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 175


June 3, 2021: FLAM # 2021-1835h (Reps. Abramson, Binford, Love): AF DV 183-190 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 175


June 3, 2021: Amendment # 2021-1047h: AA VV 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 175


June 3, 2021: Amendment # 2021-1047h: AA VV 06/03/2021 HJ 8 P. 175


March 31, 2021: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


March 31, 2021: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1047h (Vote 11-9; RC) HC 26 P. 26


: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1047h (Vote 11-9; RC) HC 26 P. 26


March 30, 2021: Executive Session: 03/30/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91970098494


March 25, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/25/2021 10:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/98630616522 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Feb. 25, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 02/25/2021 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 4 P. 48


March 9, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 02/25/2021 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 4 P. 48


Feb. 11, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 13Y-11N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/11/2021; SJ 4


Feb. 11, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 13Y-11N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/11/2021; SJ 4


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass


Feb. 1, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/11/2021; SC 10


Feb. 11, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/11/2021; SC 10


Jan. 26, 2021: Remote Hearing: 01/26/2021, 09:30 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 8


Jan. 20, 2021: Remote Hearing: 01/26/2021, 09:30 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 8


Jan. 19, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 3


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 3