Bowling Green’s Right-to-Work Success Can Happen in New Mexico

Nov 9, 2017 by AFP

Good things happen when people are free to work without fear of being forced to join or pay a union to get a job. Bowling Green, a city in Kentucky’s Warren County, has experienced more investment and job opportunities since Warren County passed right-to-work. New Mexico localities should take note of this success in the Bluegrass state and pass right-to-work ordinances.

Booming Investment in Bowling Green

In Bowling Green, right-to-work spurred $1 billion in capital investment which led to 1,000 new jobs in 2015. According to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, that’s the largest investment in a decade. But that’s not all. The BGCC notes:

In 2016, The Chamber announced over $463 million in investment and 703 new jobs, making last year the region’s second largest investment year for the region in a decade. For 2017, the Chamber has announced three economic development projects, including $86.7 million in investment and 283 new jobs.

Altogether, more than $1.5 billion has been invested in Bowling Green since Warren County passed their right-to-work ordinance in December 2014.

Right-to-Work Means More Job Growth

Right-to-work hasn’t only helped workers in Kentucky. Right-to-work laws have led to increased job growth across the country. From 2001 to 2011, right-to-work states added 1.7 million jobs while forced-union states lost 2 million.

This trend in job growth should come as no surprise. Businesses prefer to expand where unions can’t control how they interact with their employees.

Workers Deserve Freedom From Union Coercion

New Mexico workers and their employers should be free to interact on their own terms without interference from a union. Too often, unions force workers to pay dues and use the money to fund political causes workers don’t support. That means less money in the pockets of hard-working Americans.

By passing right-to-work ordinances, New Mexico localities would protect workers and bring more opportunities to our state. Voters must urge their local officials to support right-to-work and help New Mexican workers thrive.

Click here to learn more and sign the petition for local lawmakers to pass right-to-work in your county.