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AFP: McKinley Moves on Right-to-Work

Jan 4, 2019 by AFP

GALLUP, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) applauded the McKinley County Commission for voting 3-0 to post for public consideration a right-to-work ordinance, setting the stage for a final vote on the measure later this month. Sandoval, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, and Lea counties, as well as the village of Ruidoso, have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. Together, these counties represent almost 25% of New Mexico’s counties. 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.

“Counties across the state recognize that forcing employees to join and fund a union as a condition of employment is unfair and can be harmful to our economy,” AFP-NM State Director Burly Cain. “We need to make it easier, not harder, for New Mexico’s residents to find good work. We thank the McKinley County commissioners for coming together to find a solution that can help give a much needed jolt of energy to our economy. “

AFP-NM has been the most vocal advocate in the state for local governments to pass policies that empower New Mexico workers. In September of 2017, 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.

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