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House passes bill limiting NH state workers' union

January 5, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire's House has voted to bar the unions representing state workers from collecting fees from non-union members to cover the bargaining and other costs.

The House voted 212-128 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate. Workers who choose not to pay a fee would have to submit a notarized statement relinquishing any rights and benefits bargained for by the union.

The vote comes less than two months after the House sustained Gov. John Lynch's veto of a broader bill that prohibited collecting the fees from all the unions in the state if they were part of contracts agreed to between employers and employees.

House Speaker William O'Brien has made the so-called right-to-work issue a priority of his administration.

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