Push For New Mexico "Right To Work" Law Anticipated

Nov 13, 2014

  A Republican legislative leader says the GOP's capture of majority control of the state House means New Mexico may enact legislation to bar labor contracts that require workers to be union members.  The idea is controversial because it would allow those who benefit from union contracts to avoid paying union dues.

Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle says passage of right-to-work legislation would help New Mexico compete in economic development with neighboring states which already have such laws.

While Republican Gov. Susana Martinez supports right-to-work legislation, the Albuquerque Journal reports that it's unclear whether Martinez will make it a priority during her second term.

Democrats still control the Senate, but union leaders say they acknowledge expect a push to pass right-to-work legislation.

Carter Bund of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says union leaders hope some Republicans will join Democrats in defeating the legislation.

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