ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Federation of Labor on Friday filed a lawsuit targeting a controversial “right-to-work” ordinance passed last month by the Sandoval County Commission.
Jon Hendry, the federation’s president, had previously said his organization would sue the county as a result of its decision.
The ordinance prevents employees from being required to join a union or paying union fees. Supporters say right-to-work legislation helps businesses; opponents say it undermines unions and worker rights.
“The county’s effort to over-regulate business and take away the freedom of businesses to negotiate contracts will impair crucial business opportunities in Sandoval County’s private sector,” a federation spokesman wrote in a statement.
The ordinance had been called “illegal” in a letter by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas that was released before the vote last month.