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 BY KEVIN BROWN | MARCH 13, 2015

New Mexico Right-to-Work Bill Defeated in Committee

The right-to-work scam was voted down by the pro-worker majority on the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee - a huge victory for labor and community activists.


SANTA FE, New Mexico – The right-to-work scam was voted down by the pro-worker majority on the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee, a huge victory for labor and community activists who were speaking out against the controversial proposal in public hearings, rallies and town hall meetings.

By blocking the measure, the committee took a giant step toward saving New Mexico’s economy, and reaffirmed the importance of workers’ fundamental right to join together to advocate for better working conditions.

 

  

This legislative session marks the first time the right-to-work scam was introduced in New Mexico since 1979 and 1981. In both years, then-Gov. Bruce King vetoed bills passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislatures. The current governor, Susana Martinez, a Republican, supports the legislation.

Labor and community groups will continue working together to support a “Ready to Work” package of bills creating more than 70,000 new jobs. The package includes funding for job training, local roads and highway jobs to improve infrastructure, and investment in schools by providing them with the necessary tools to prepare children to be part of a 21st century workforce.

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New Mexico’s public service employees are one of the state's most valuable resources.

They safeguard our parks and public roads and buildings and form the backbone of an effective public service system that helps to promote opportunity and improve the lives of all New Mexicans.

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