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    Evergreen law's repeal takes effect
    Governor neither vetoes nor signs
    By Matthew Spolar / Monitor staff
    March 2, 2011

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/articl...l-takes-effect

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    The state's evergreen law has been repealed without a veto attempt by Gov. John Lynch, marking the new Republican-controlled Legislature's first rollback of a law signed by the Democratic governor.
    Now that the evergreen law has been repealed, only contracts that contain specific evergreen language negotiated by unions and employers will continue to be subject to evergreen provisions. For all other contracts, whether they were signed while the evergreen law was in place or after it was repealed, public employees will not see automatic salary step increases once the contracts expire.
    Hikel said it's important that following the repeal "it's the choice of the individual towns whether they want to continue" with evergreen provisions.

    "I think it was the right bill at the right time," he said.
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    The bill passed the NH House 282 to 70 and the NH Senate 19 to 5. The Gov refused to sign it and it became law without his involvement.

    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legi...11/SB0001.html
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    Even bigger news relating to this subject just happened in NH. The NH House Finance Committee vote 18 to 7 to add an amendment to the NH budget bill, which is currently a work in progress. The amendment is designed to revamp bargaining rules.

    House panel revamps bargaining rules
    By TOM FAHEY
    State House Bureau Chief
    http://www.unionleader.com/article.a...b-36efa884bf0c

    Spokesmen for several unions said Wednesday that House Republicans acted in the dark of night to pass anti-labor changes to the pending budget bill.

    The changes would make state and local employees at-will workers who could be fired, or have pay and benefits reduced if their contracts expire without renewal.
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    If a contract expires without a new agreement in place, he said, the contract is over completely. Workers "become at-will employees and the government and state management officials could change the pension plan, could change health insurance, could change salaries and wages. Unilaterally," he said.

    The AFL-CIO Wednesday organized a news conference of several union heads to raise the alarm, decry Kurk's amendment and promise a response.

    Diana Lacey, president of the State Employees Association, said the changes, which include a full pension reform bill, serve to distract the public from the effect that deep budget cuts will have on the state.

    "Maybe he's hoping they won't notice we are shredding the public safety net, devastating essential services, creating no jobs and giving tax breaks to corporations at the same time," Lacey said.
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