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Unions Pan N.H. Proposal As Power Grab

Concord — New Hampshire’s labor unions are criticizing legislation that would give public employers more control in the collective bargaining process as a power grab.

Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican, told the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee yesterday that his bill was not intended to do the dire things the unions fear. He proposes giving public employers the right to determine standards for evaluation, selection, layoff and retention, discipline, assignment and transfer.

Bragdon said he filed the bill over a concern that local school boards would lose control of the teacher evaluation process under a proposed change in the state’s administration of federal law.