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Grassroots group commends San Juan County commission for voting to expand worker freedom
AZTEC, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Tuesday applauded San Juan County commissioners for passing the right-to-work ordinance introduced by commissioners Margaret McDaniel and Jim Crowley, making San Juan the eighth county in New Mexico to expand workers’ rights. Sandoval, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, and Lea counties have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. AFP-NM has been at the forefront of the push for right-to-work policies in the state, having launched in 2017 the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign, a multilayered grassroots campaign to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work.
Over the weekend, the grassroots group canvassed, phone banked, and deployed radio ads in San Juan County to shore up the commissioners’ support for the ordinance.
“The domino theory is in full effect in New Mexico. Right-to-work will provide San Juan workers the much-needed spark to restore economic dynamism to the area,” said Burly Cain, AFP-NM State Director. “We thank the San Juan County commissioners for passing this ordinance and demonstrating their commitment to good government.”
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.
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
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