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Legislator: VP Pence, Sununu have discussed NH right-to-work bill



Monitor staff
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Even the White House is watching what happens during the state’s vote on so-called right-to-work today.

Vice President Mike Pence has called Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to discuss the legislation, according to one lawmaker who said he was briefed on the conversation.

“Pence was very much behind passage of right-to-work and if we’re, as we are, the first-in-the-nation primary state, we should be first in New England for right-to-work,” said House Majority Leader Dick Hinch, a Merrimack Republican. Sununu said Thursday he has spoken with members of the Trump administration about right-to-work, but didn’t answer a question specifically about any conversation with Pence.

“I have talked to the vice president about lots of different issues,” he said Thursday morning. A spokesperson for the Trump administration didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Sununu has named right-to-work a top priority, saying it will help draw new business to the state. But the legislation faces an uncertain outcome in the GOP-led House due to opposition from a handful of Republicans who say it will weaken unions.

The vote is expected to take place this morning.

Pence is the former governor of Indiana and an advocate of right-to-work laws, which prevent unions from charging nonmembers the cost of representing them.

Indiana’s right-to-work law was passed before Pence took office in 2013. When the state’s Supreme Court upheld the policy in 2014, Pence called the decision “a victory for the freedom of every Hoosier in the workplace,” according to the Indianapolis Star.

More than half the states in the country have right-to-work laws on the books, but none in New England.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or amorris@cmonitor.com)