In 2011, then Republican House Speaker William O’Brien played a cat-and-mouse game with union workers who rallied week after week to urge the bill’s defeat. When the override vote was finally taken that November, the House sustained Lynch’s veto by 12 votes. Each side accused the other of using bullying and intimidation tactics.
Since then, two other attempts to pass similar bills have failed.
Federal law requires unions to negotiate on behalf of both union and nonunion members. Workers do not have to join unions under New Hampshire law.