AFP: Lucky Number Seven

Jul 26, 2018 by AFP

Grassroots group commends Lea County commission for voting to expand worker freedom

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Thursday applauded Lea County commissioners for unanimously passing the right-to-work ordinance introduced by Commissioner Rebecca Long, making Lea the seventh county in New Mexico to expand workers’ rights. SandovalOteroLincoln, Chaves, Eddy, and Roosevelt 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.

“Worker freedom is contagious in New Mexico. Our activists won’t stop until right-to-work has been implemented from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains all the way down to the Chihuahuan Desert,” said Burly Cain, AFP-NM State Director. “We thank the Lea County commissioners for passing this ordinance and demonstrating their commitment to making the Land of Enchantment even more magical.”

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, and Roosevelt counties followed on May 15th, May 21st, July 17th, and July 24th 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. More than a fifth of New Mexico’s 33 counties have approved of right to-work.

 

Background:

AFP-NM: SCOTUS Decision on Janus v. AFSCME is Win for Constitution and Public Employees (6/26/2018)

 

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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