In wake of Janus, Granite State unions say they’re getting stronger
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Government negotiators and the three unions representing state employees announced last week that they had reached an impasse in their latest round of contract talks.
The disagreements are nothing new — low wages and the over-dependence on overtime for correctional officers are, once again, among the major sticking points — but this year’s negotiations take place within a new dynamic. They are the first since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that it is unconstitutional for government bodies to collect mandatory agency fees from all public employees who benefit from collective bargaining agreements even if they aren’t union members.