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AFP-NM: Hang Ten

Jan 22, 2019 by AFP

Sierra, McKinley Counties pass right-to-work ordinances

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Tuesday applauded the Sierra and McKinley County Commissions for passing right-to-work ordinances, making Sierra and McKinley the ninth and tenth counties in New Mexico to expand workers’ rights. Sandoval, Otero, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, Lea, and San Juan counties, as well as the village of Ruidoso, have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. Together, these counties represent almost a third 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.

“Almost one third of counties have now passed local right-to-work ordinances and New Mexico residents’ enthusiastic support for worker freedom couldn’t be clearer. We’re in the double digits and now it’s time to double down,” said AFP-NM State Director Burly Cain. “We thank the leaders of Sierra and McKinley counties for their commitment to improving their local economies. Our activists look forward to making right-to-work a reality throughout the state.”


Sierra County passed the ordinance 3-0. McKinley County passed the ordinance 2-1.

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, Lea, and San Juan counties followed on May 15th, May 21st, July 17th, July 24th, July 26th, and August 7th, 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 third of New Mexico’s 33 counties have approved of right to-work.


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Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites New Mexico residents behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit