On this Labor Day, with all the political speeches about standing up for working people and working families, we must recognize that actions speak much louder than words. Here in New Hampshire, it was on Labor Day, in 2015, that Chris Sununu announced his candidacy for Governor. This past spring, he announced he now wants a third term in office, to be governor through 2022.
Let’s take a look at his track record over the years. As governor, Chris Sununu’s top priority – the only specific priority he stated in first inaugural address – was so-called Right-to-Work, or the weakening of bargaining rights for better wages and benefits for workers. Fortunately, a bipartisan majority in the Legislature rejected his top priority. Since then, he has vetoed legislation helping workers and working families, on everything from the minimum wage to job training and apprenticeships to ensuring workers who are laid off get unemployment insurance benefits right away.