A Republican state senator from Albuquerque has introduced “right-to-work” legislation that would prohibit private-sector employees from being required to join a union or pay union fees as a condition of employment.
The proposal, which was widely expected after Republicans won control of the state House earlier this year, is intended to make New Mexico more appealing to companies considering relocating their business to the state, said the sponsor, Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque.
“When you talk to the folks who go out and try to pitch New Mexico to out-of-state companies, they come back and tell us there are several obstacles to getting those folks to operate here,” Rue said. “… When they come back and tell us that we don’t stay in the hunt for these out-of-state businesses to come to New Mexico in a large part because of our (lack of) right-to-work laws, then we need to do something to change it.”
New Mexico currently allows unions to require all employees covered by a contract to either be members – whether they want to or not – or pay union fees.