Collective Bargaining Bill Before N.H. House

Concord (AP) — Legislation that would excuse New Hampshire’s nonunion employees from paying fees to negotiate and administer contracts is up for a vote in the House again, after two recent failed attempts.

New Hampshire labor leaders, workers and community members oppose the latest bill — this one introduced by former House Speaker William O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican.

Supporters argue it is wrong to force workers to pay the fees as a condition of employment even if they are part of a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between workers and their employer.

Legislators defeated a similar bill last year. Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill in 2011.

Like the previous bills, the current bill would permit nonunion employees to abstain from paying union dues for contract negotiations.

The House votes on it Wednesday.