New Mexico Democrats: Right-to-Work (For Less) Law is ‘Spin,’ ‘Misleading’

Right-to-work (for less) laws are wrong for New Mexico and it’s time to stick with the facts, say state Democratic leaders in two op-eds published in southwestern New Mexico public television and radio station KRWG.

NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to reject Right-to-Work (For Less).

A bill, recently passed by the New Mexico House Business and Employment Committee, would force unions to represent workers who don’t pay their fair share of dues, weakening the bargaining power of all workers and further tilting power toward corporate interests.

Conservative New Mexico lawmakers, walking hand-in-hand with outside corporate interest groups like the Heritage Foundation, ALEC and a new organization known as Protect My Check, have dubiously named the bill the “Employee Preference Act” – a cloak and dagger approach to mislead residents, say state Democratic leaders.

“When I ran for public office, I made a commitment to make decisions based on facts, accurate information, and data and not on emotions, word-spin, and marketing,” wrote New Mexico Sen. William “Bill” Soules. “The so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills moving through the New Mexico Legislature are perfect examples of laws where spin and marketing are used to obfuscate, obscure, and confuse people about the real effects and purposes of the legislation. New Mexico should be trying to attract businesses that pay high wages, understand the benefits of working with employees instead of against them, and recognize that when we all do better, we all do better.”

“The whole idea of right-to-work perpetuates misleading information that makes false claims against labor unions,” wrote said Rodolpho “Rudy” S. Martinez, former member of the New Mexico House of Representative. “The facts about RTW laws that are never mentioned by the Governor and other right-to-work supporters are:

  • These laws drive down wages for all workers, including non-union members, women, and people of color.
  • Workers in right-to-work states are less likely to have health insurance.
  • Right to work makes workplaces more dangerous.
  • Right-to-work laws do not improve business conditions in states.
  • Right to work is not a deciding factor in where businesses locate.
  • High-tech companies that provide good-paying, American jobs favor states where unions have a strong presence, because unions provide a high-skilled workforce and decrease turnover.
  • Communities lose jobs when wages are lowered by right to work.
  • Right to work does not improve the employment rate.”

Read former Rep. Martinez’s full op-ed.

Read Sen. Soules full op-ed.

NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Tell the New Mexico House of Representatives to reject Right-to-Work (For Less).