New Governor Vows to Adopt Right to Work During Inaugural Address
Earlier today, Chris Sununu, a two-term Executive Councilor, was inaugurated as the 82nd governor of New Hampshire. He enters the office 34 years after his father, three-term Gov. John Sununu.
The inauguration ceremonies before a joint session of the House and Senate followed the traditional breakfast gathering with state employees. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents a large majority of state employees.
Sununu began his address by saying that we can’t afford to be divisive or let politics get in the way as we prepare for our children’s future. Later in his speech he declared, “We’re going to pass right to work and let’s tell these businesses that New Hampshire is open for business.” Right to Work is a hugely divisive issue that comes up in our legislature year after year; and it does not and will not entice businesses to move to our state.
“I wish the new governor well as he begins his term,” said SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla. “Our union will support him on common goals like recruiting and retaining a well-trained workforce and putting forward a state budget that provides the resources state agencies need to fulfill their missions. Having said that, clearly, we disagree on Right to Work. We urge the Governor to work quickly and decisively to address our current opioid crisis, our failing transportation infrastructure and high energy costs, rather than focus on Right to Work, which will harm working families.”