ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez said she will push for so-called “right-to-work” legislation during the upcoming legislative session, calling a change to the state’s labor laws “common sense” and long overdue.
The comments, made before about 500 business leaders and legislators at a Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon, were Martinez’s strongest to date on the subject of right-to-work legislation.
Currently, 24 states have right-to-work laws, which generally bar requirements that employees pay union fees as a condition of employment. Such fees are only mandated in workplaces covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
“It is fundamentally wrong to require membership (in a union) in order to get a job … or take money from the paychecks of our workers by force,” Martinez said.
The Republican governor, who began her second term in office last week, did not make right to work a major part of her first term legislative agenda.