Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website that aims to provide American Workers the information they need to address common workplace concerns. The website is billed as a “Compliance Assistance Tool,” one that covers Workers’ Rights and Labor Laws, as well as various other work-related topics. Visitors more»
Published on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A year ago, VICE’s Motherboard published an account of the underhanded tactics used by IRI Consultants, the “Union Avoidance” Firm Google hired to prevent its Employees from Unionizing. The report used leaked files to show how IRI gathered private information on the personalities, work ethics and motivations of its clients’ more»
Published on Monday, January 24, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Led by National Nurses United (NNU), Unions are demanding the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) restore its national standard ordering hospitals and nursing homes to protect Workers against the Coronavirus. NNU’s offensive took two forms: One was a Zoom virtual press conference - a more»
Biden’s ‘Vow’ To Be ‘Most Pro-Union President Tested’ In His First Year - Rhetoric ‘Didn’t Create The Current Shift In Public Perception Of’ Workers’ Rights & Unions, ‘But It Is Part Of The Mix Of Forces Creating A Clear Opportunity For Labor’
Published on Sunday, January 23, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The start of President Joe Biden’s second year in office comes with new opportunities to deliver on his commitment to be Pro-Labor. Despite some success and strong support, he was unable to deliver on some key Worker legislation in his first year. Biden has often said he wants to be the most Pro-Labor President. He reiterated more»
Communications Workers Of America President Chris Shelton Named To Telecommunications Interagency Working Group
Published on Friday, January 21, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Chris Shelton has been named by U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh as the Labor Organization Representative on the 12-person Telecommunications Interagency Working Group (TIWG). The TIWG was established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to develop recommendations to more»
The National AFL-CIO Calls on General Motors & Mexican Labor Authorities To Hold A ‘Fair’ Union Election For The 7,000 Workers Employed At The Silao Facility
Published on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National AFL-CIO has released a statement, calling on General Motors and Mexican Labor Authorities to hold a “fair” Union Election at the Silao Facility: On February 1st and 2nd, more than 7,000 Workers at the General Motors (GM) Silao Facility in the Mexican State of Guanajuato, will cast their vote to elect a more»
Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
People’s World Editor’s Note: Lifelong Kentuckian Berry Craig is an Emeritus Professor of History at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a Freelance Writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1360, Recording Secretary for the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council, Webmaster-Editor for the more»
Published on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
“My low-skill Workers, my Cooks, my Dishwashers, my Messengers, my Shoe-Shine People, those who work at Dunkin’ Donuts - they don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner office,” New York City’s new Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference, stirring up controversy less than a week into office. The remarks were part of more»
Published on Monday, January 17, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Today - Monday, January 17th, marks the official holiday honoring the birth of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose 93rd birthday was January 15. The third Monday in January has been the official King Holiday for many Workers since January 1986, after many years of mass pressure put on the U.S. government. Many pundits use this holiday to more»
In A Letter To The U.S. Senate, AFSCME President Lee Saunders ‘Warns Of The Crisis Facing Our Democracy’ As States ‘Move To Curb The Right’ To Vote: “With Democracy At Stake, Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Legislation”
Published on Sunday, January 16, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In a letter to the U.S. Senate, American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders warned of the crisis facing our Democracy as states move to curb the right to vote - and urged Congress to pass legislation to protect voting rights and change Senate rules if necessary to aid in that effort. In more»
Amazon Workers Will ‘Redo’ Its Bessemer Warehouse Union Election On February 4th ‘After The NLRB Found Amazon Had Interfered In The First Union Drive’
Published on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BESSEMER, ALABAMA) - The second Union Election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama will begin on February 4th, according to a notice posted this week by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The election is a redo of the one that was carried out in 2021, the results of which were declared invalid by the NLRB after reports Amazon had broken more»
A Labor Perspective From American Federation Of Government Employees President Everett Kelley: While Union Approval ‘Is High, Anti-Union Laws Are Holding Back Expansion’
Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Unions rarely have been more popular than they are today, but Anti-Union Labor Laws are keeping Union Membership numbers artificially low by making it harder for Workers who want to form or join a Union to do so. Indeed, a 2021 Gallup Poll found that 68% of Americans approve of Labor Unions - the highest percentage since 1965. Support is even higher among more»
Unions Mark Anniversary Of The Trumpite Insurrection & Invasion Of The U.S. Capitol ‘By Using It To Largely Push For Protecting & Strengthening Voting Rights’
Published on Monday, January 10, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Union Leaders marked the one-year anniversary of the Trumpite insurrection and invasion of the U.S. Capitol late last week by using it to largely push for protecting and strengthening voting rights. Only one Union Leader, National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle, openly named former Republican Oval Office occupant more»
The NLRB ‘Is Finally Doing Its Job’ - Jennifer Abruzzo, The Board’s General Counsel, ‘Is Making Sure President Biden’s Pro-Union Agenda Actually Gets Enforced’
Published on Sunday, January 9, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - On January 20th, 2021, after President Joe Biden was sworn in on the West Front of the Capitol, and about the time Amanda Gorman finished reciting her inaugural poem, Peter Robb received an e-mail from the new President telling him to clear out his desk by 5 p.m. This was unusual. Robb was General Counsel of the National Labor more»
On The One-Year Anniversary Of The January 6th Insurrection, The National AFL-CIO Says Congress ‘Must Act to Strengthen Our Democracy’
Published on Friday, January 7, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - On the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, the National AFL-CIO said Congress must act to strengthen our Democracy as President Joe Biden - without mentioning Donald Trump by name, President Biden squarely placed the blame on the former President for instigating what can only be described as a governmental coup. more»
“In The Face Of The Omicron Variant, It Is Not The Time To Roll Back Protections, But To Fully Enforce And Make Them Permanent” - Organized Labor ‘Pushes For Permanent’ Health Standard ‘To Protect’ Health Care Workers Against COVID-19
Published on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National AFL-CIO and other leading Labor Unions have asked a Federal Appellate Court to order the Biden Administration to issue a permanent standard that requires employers to protect Health Care Workers against COVID-19. The Unions petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after the U.S. more»
President Biden's National Labor Relations Board Recovers $56 Million In 2021 - NLRB Also Recovered 6,000 Jobs For ‘Illegally Fired’ Workers
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - 2021 was a big year for Workers and while a lot of attention was focused on high-profile strikes, record-low unemployment, and “The Great Resignation,” workers also got help from a new pro-Labor National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). According to the NLRB during Fiscal Year 2021 (which ran from October 2020 to September more»
Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
This is the time of year when many publications publish their Year in Review pieces. Boring! We already lived through the past year. We know what happened. Instead, let’s look to 2022. One of the most valuable lessons a Journalist can learn is: Never make predictions. You will inevitably end up looking dumb. That said, here are 10 more»
Published on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
OtherWords.org Editor’s Note: Sonali Kolhatkar is the host of Rising Up With Sonali, a television and radio show on Free Speech TV and Pacifica stations. This commentary was produced by the Economy for All project at the Independent Media Institute and adapted by OtherWords.org. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that a more»
Published on Friday, December 31, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(NEW YORK CITY) - Working Men and women are rising up, risking all and taking collective action against unchecked exploitation in the era of Covid-19 and Senate Democrats had better catch up - that’s the message frustrated organizers wrapping up a fruitless 14-day, 3,126-mile journey across the country advocating for the Protecting the Right to more»
“To Protect Workers Now, We Need To Build On The Emergency COVID-19 Standard By Making It Permanent, Not Scrapping It Altogether” - Organized Labor Says Health Care Workers ‘Need Mandatory OSHA Protections’ From COVID-19
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Nurses United (NNU), the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), the United Steelworkers (USW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and the Service more»
2021 ‘Was Another Successful Year’ For Journalism’s Unionization Movement - The NewsGuild ‘Broke Its Annual Organizing Record’ With 1,542 Journalists Across 26 Workplaces
Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The Unionization Movement that started in 2015 shows little sign of slowing down. Journalists across the country launched at least 35 Union Campaigns this year, the vast majority of which were successful. Many of those campaigns were organized by the NewsGuild, the largest Union representing Journalists, which broke its annual organizing record. This more»
The Largest Nurses' Union In The United States ‘Slams’ CDC Guidance ‘That Shortens The Isolation Period For Health Care Workers With’ COVID-19
Published on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The largest Nurses' Union in the United States is condemning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision to shorten the recommended isolation period for Health Care Workers who test positive for COVID-19, saying the move could be "dangerous" for both Workers and patients. National Nurses United (NNU) released a statement, a day after more»
Published on Monday, December 27, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Joe Manchin has spewed reason after reason for killing President Joe Biden’s signature Build Back Better plan but left out the real reason - based on campaign contributions and on his personal millions of dollars in wealth, he is a creature of the dirty Fossil Fuel Industry in the United States. However, Manchin has provided a more»
‘Significant Action Needed’ After Latest Data Show Essential Workers ‘Disproportionately’ Die On The Job
Published on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows Workers face preventable hazardous working conditions and disparities continue to grow. In 2020, 4,764 Workers died on the job and the job fatality rate was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 Workers, the first decrease in years. That’s an average of 13 workers dying each more»
Published on Friday, December 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Several years ago, Don Cohen, a former Central Labor Council Staffer from San Diego, appeared on a panel discussing the privatization threats faced by Union Members across the country. He and other speakers were addressing a conference of State, County and Municipal Workers represented by the Communications Workers (CWA). When Cohen described propaganda more»
The Biden Administration Unveils A Plan For ‘Helping Fleets With Driver Recruitment, Retention’ - Teamsters Respond Union Is ‘Ready To Beef Up’ Existing Training Program To Supply New Drivers
Published on Thursday, December 23, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The White House says trucking and transportation have long faced the headwinds that have been laid bare by the Coronavirus Pandemic, including historical problems with recruiting new Drivers and high turnover rates. That’s why President Joe Biden announced his plan to unlock productivity and ease the supply chain more»
Speaking At The ‘House Of Labor,’ Vice President Harris Announces Plan To Replace America’s Lead Pipes
Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Vice President Kamala Harris has announced a plan to replace all of America’s lead pipes and service lines, as well as remediate lead paint in homes to protect families from the harmful effects of lead exposure. “Over the years I have traveled around the country and I have met many parents to talk about this very more»
Coal Miners' Union Urges Manchin To Reconsider His Opposition To President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan - As ‘Countless’ Interest Groups Call On Manchin To Reverse Course, The Mine Workers’ Statement ‘Might Be The Most Impactful’
Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), which represents West Virginia Coal Miners, is urging U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat-West Virginia) to revisit his opposition to President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan. The Labor Union noted the Bill includes an extension of a fund that provides benefits to Coal Miners suffering from more»
From The Economic Policy Institute: Wage Inequality ‘Continued To Increase In 2020’ - Top 1% Of Earners Have Seen Their Wages ‘Go Up 179% Since 1979’ While The Share Of Wages ‘For The Bottom 90% Hits A New Low’
Published on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Newly-available wage data from the Social Security Administration allowed the Economic Policy Institute (EPR) to analyze wage trends for the top 1% and other very high earners - as well as for the bottom 90% during 2020. The upward distribution of wages from the bottom 90% to the top 1% that was evident over the period from 1979 more»
President Biden ‘Backs’ Kellogg’s Workers As Senator Sanders ‘Takes The Fight To The Cereal Giant’s Doorstep’
Published on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Joe Biden is publicly and bluntly backing the 1,400 Kellogg’s Workers whom the Cereal Giant forced to Strike weeks ago - and he opposes the firm’s plan to permanently replace them. “Every Employee has the right to collectively bargain. Full stop,” Biden’s first tweet on the months-old conflict more»
‘By Being There For Our Children And Allowing Us To Focus On Our Own Jobs, They Help Support Our Country’s Entire Economy’ - How Child Care Providers ‘Are Finding Their Union Voice’
Published on Friday, December 17, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
They’re our children’s second family. Child Care Providers play an indispensable role in our children’s lives. At day care centers, preschools and in-home or family day cares, they educate our kids from the time they are only a few weeks old until the age of five, preparing them for kindergarten and helping them become well-socialized more»
National AFL-CIO President Shuler, United Mine Workers President Roberts & U.S. Senator Warren Say ‘Private Hedge Funds Destroy Workers And Companies’
Published on Thursday, December 16, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Continuing a decades-long record of predatory financial sector capitalism, multi-billion-dollar hedge funds, accountable only to their secret investors, swoop in to devour companies, devastate Workers, destroy jobs, and then escape with the profits. So say, in so many words, National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, United Mine Workers more»
Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - One by one, advocating ending income inequality, strengthening and restoring voting rights, cutting military spending, extending the Child Care Tax Credit, raising the Minimum Wage, and more, a parade of people hurting from exploitation by corporations, the economic elite, and their political allies, took a hand-held microphone in more»
Published on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just ruled that a historic Union vote among Amazon Warehouse Workers in Bessemer, Alabama was not valid. The highly-publicized vote resulted in a resounding defeat for the Union in March 2021, with more than 70% of those voting choosing against Union Membership. Afterward, the Union accused more»
Published on Monday, December 13, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A year and a half into the global Coronavirus Pandemic, and with the Omicron variant lurking and holiday travel looming, many Flight Attendants say they've reached their breaking point with unruly passengers, many of whom still refuse to respect mask mandates. "My job is not to manage you, the one passenger that constantly needs to be reminded to put more»
“Understaffing Is Not The Result Of The Nursing Shortage, But The Cause Of It” - National Nurses United-Represented Nurses ‘Urge’ The Federal Government ‘To Address Unsafe’ Hospital Staffing Crisis
Published on Sunday, December 12, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A New report on Registered Nurse (RN) staffing explains decades of bad hospital practices and recommends multiple legislative and regulatory solutions “Understaffing is not the result of the nursing shortage, but the cause of it,” National Nurses United (NNU) President Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, an RN herself, told Congressional more»
Published on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With Democratic President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act still hung up in the Senate, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) took the lead in pushing one element: A larger itemized personal income tax deduction for State and Local Tax (SALT) payments. “We’re fighting for it,” AFT President Randi Weingarten more»
The American Federation Of Government Employees ‘Outlines Its Priorities’ For Bargaining On Social Security Administration ‘Re-Entry’
Published on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has listed its priorities for bargaining over the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) procedures for bringing more Employees back to the office on a more regular basis, including making sure “that the successful telework program is fully utilized.” The AFGE-SSA more»
Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Post Workers Unions are pushing Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform before the end of this year, but it appears that even the Democratic-run House isn’t listening. Instead, leaders have yet to schedule a debate and vote on the measure - HR3076, and referred it to two key committees, Ways and Means and Energy and more»
As Workers Within The Industry “Connect The Dots,” Labor Organizing’s ‘Next Frontier Is The Tech Industry,’ National AFL-CIO President Shuler Says
Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Tech Sector is the next frontier For Labor Organizing and its Workers are starting to understand the collective power Unions have, National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said at the Reuters Next Conference. Shuler said the Labor Federation - which comprises 56 affiliated Unions and 12.5 million Workers - wants to enable more more»
The U.S. Labor Department ‘Issues Final Rule Requiring’ Federal Contractors To Pay $15 Minimum Wage, A Ruling ‘That’s Expected To Impact’ 327,300 Workers
Published on Monday, December 6, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Biden Administration announced its final rule directing Federal Contractors to pay their Workers a $15 Minimum Wage starting next year. The rule, promulgated by the U.S. Labor Department, follows a directive from President Joe Biden issued shortly after Inauguration Day and builds on a prior Obama-era regulation. After issuing a more»
“No New NAFTAs” – U.S. Secretary of State Blinken ‘Pledges Pro-Worker Approach’ to Trade & Foreign Policy
Published on Sunday, December 5, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - At an unprecedented roundtable with Union Leaders stung by NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) and other trade deals the past three decades, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged new trade pacts and related foreign policy will help, not harm, American workers. Blinken made the remarks at Pittsburgh’s more»
Labor Perspective From Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa: “Don’t Blame Workers For Delivery Delays This Season”
Published on Friday, December 3, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
This Holiday Season, there are many things for which we should be grateful - but the state of the U.S. Supply Chain is not one of them. The Nation’s desire to return to normal and celebrate with family and friends after 20 months off from such gatherings due to the Coronavirus Pandemic is stressing the system and raising concerns Americans more»
“We Could Unleash Unprecedented Organizing” - Meet National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, The Woman Who Is ‘On The Brink Of Transforming Labor In America For The Young & Reshuffling Workforce’
Published on Thursday, December 2, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Liz Shuler rides on an airplane, she often has an experience that will be familiar to most travelers: Her seat mate asks, "What do you do?" Five years ago, after saying she worked for a Labor Union, Shuler said, most people would put their noses back in their books. But today, she's met with reactions like "awesome" and more»
Postal Unions Take A ‘Wait-And-See Stand’ On President Biden’s New Postal Board Nominees & The ‘Final Fate’ Of Postmaster/Republican Donor Louis DeJoy
Published on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Nation’s two big Postal Unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), are taking a wait-and-see attitude on Democratic President Joe Biden’s two nominees for seats on the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Board of Governors. And nominees Democrat Dan more»
30 Things President Biden’s ‘Done To Help Workers’ - From Legislation To Executive Actions & Appointments, Biden’s ‘Getting Things Done For Unions’
Published on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A little over a year ago, Democrat President Joe Biden won a stunning election victory, beating Republican President Donald Trump and making him the first President to lose re-election in 28 years – and at the time, President Biden said that he would be the Most Pro-Union President in the history of the country. With the end of more»
Retail ‘Won't Tackle The Labor Shortage Until It Reverses Decades Of Worker Neglect And Becomes A Viable, Long-Term Career Again’
Published on Monday, November 29, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
After 15 months of working in a pandemic, Michael quit his job as an Associate at a furniture store in Arkansas in May 2021. He'd reached breaking point. Long shifts hauling furniture around the store, unpleasant customers, inconsistent scheduling that made his home life hard, and a rat infestation that wasn't addressed for months in the store had taken more»
The Union-Backed AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Is Funding Housing Projects Throughout The Twin Cities
Published on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA) - At University and Fairview Avenues in St. Paul, developers behind the Morrow Apartments - a two-building, 243-unit affordable housing complex - were able to get construction off the ground at the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic by borrowing nearly $80 million from an AFL-CIO Pension Fund that has favored Minnesota for more»
“Putting Bounties On The Heads Of Teachers Is Offensive And Chilling In Any Context” - The American Federation Of Teachers ‘Hits Right-Wing Bounty Offer Targeting’ New Hampshire Teachers
Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A Right-Wing Group’s offer of a $500 bounty for turning in New Hampshire Teachers who instruct students about racism and sexism, and especially Critical Race Theory, has angered the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and upset the state’s School Administrators affiliate too. The controversy in The Granite State has more»