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Albuquerque, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Wednesday applauded The Village of Ruidoso for passing the right-to-work ordinance to expand workers’ rights. Sandoval, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, San Juan and Lea counties have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. AFP-NM has championed right-to-work policies across the state and launched the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign in 2017. This successful multilayered grassroots campaign aimed to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work.
“When local leaders empower their citizens, workers and families will prosper. Right-to-work will provide The Village of Ruidoso and hopefully eventually all New Mexican workers the much-needed spark to restore economic dynamism to the area,” said Burly Cain, AFP-NM State Director.
AFP-NM has been the most vocal advocate in the state for local governments to pass policies that empower New Mexico workers. Last September, AFP-NM launched the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign – a robust grassroots, direct mail, and digital effort to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work. AFP-NM first rallied in Sandoval County in August 2017, which passed right-to-work on January 19th, 2018. AFP-NM then mobilized in Otero County, which passed right-to-work on April 12th. Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, and Lea counties followed on May 15th, May 21st, July 17th, July 24th, and July 26th, respectively.
AFP previously used the county-by-county approach in Kentucky, which passed right-to-work statewide in 2017. Prior to statewide adoption only ten percent of Kentucky’s counties had approved of local right-to-work. Almost a quarter of New Mexico’s 33 counties have approved of right to-work.