I'VE ALWAYS BEEN sympathetic to firefighters.
Shortly after I went away to college, my grandparent's home was struck by arson, one in a series of fires to hit the town.
I'm sure most people share my respect for those who would undertake such a grueling, dangerous job. That's one reason why the endorsement of the
The PFFNH endorsed Republican Gov.
Public sector unions are a core piece of the Democratic coalition. Kelly countered the firefighters' endorsement by announcing the backing of SEIU 1984, the union representing most state employees. But splitting union endorsements is a win for
The PFFNH has increased its political leverage in part by keeping itself in play. Free agents get more attention than players under long-term contracts, and groups willing to work with, and support, both sides can find allies on either side. No one wonders who the NRA or
Sununu was also helped by the two issues most strongly aligning firefighters with
After the economic downturn of 2008, public pension systems across the country were in crisis. After relying on above average investment returns for years, the market crash left the New Hampshire Retirement System with a huge unfunded liability. Firefighters in most
Firefighters weren't always happy with Lynch, but they were up in arms over the pension reform plans from Republican lawmakers. The
The court's Janus decision means that public employees cannot be forced to join a union, or to pay an agency fee for the union's work.
I don't often disagree with my friend and predecessor,
This is entirely why Right-to-Work is no longer a top priority. For public-sector unions, the court functionally made every state Right-to-Work. (The newsletter, named The Broadside, is excellent, and you should sign up for it at jbartlett.org.)
Firefighters, and the unions that represent them, maintain their clout in
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