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    Upset!!! Really, really upset!!! And if one single republican wants to attack me for being a liberal again, take your blinders off and look and see what is happening. We are not a poor state because we are not RTW. I will say it again, we are a very low population, small cities, many Indian reservations. Not a lot of water. All of these things factor into the situation. And our union membership is small here so how is RTW going to change anything? I detest the republican party. Oh and they are basing this on the success of Kentucky. Hilarious!!

    Right-to-work proponents, after failed attempts at the state Legislature, are now turning their attention to Sandoval County.

    County Commissioners Jay Block and David Heil are sponsoring the proposal, which, if approved, would make Sandoval County the first county in New Mexico to have a right-to-work law.

    Under right-to-work legislation, employees in unionized workplaces cannot be forced to join a union or pay union dues, while receiving the same benefits as union members who do contribute.
    A similar move is planned in Bernalillo County. Commissioner Wayne Johnson said he will also propose right-to-work legislation, although he doesn’t have a draft yet and doesn’t have a timetable for introducing it.

    Block and Heil say the legislation would help Sandoval County lure more businesses to the area and improve the local economy. Block said they based the measure on a similar ordinance approved by Hardin County, Ky.
    https://www.abqjournal.com/1078487/a...in-bernco.html
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    It's real ABFwife and you just continue to point out facts that are dismissed and ignored.

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    They went and did it!!!

    Sandoval County Commissioners pass right-to-work ordinance, defying legal threats
    Commissioners approved a county-level right-to-work ordinance even as detractors promised to sue.

    Early Friday morning, the Sandoval County Commission voted 3-1 to make the county the first to implement a right-to-work ordinance. Previous efforts at the statewide level repeatedly failed, while a citywide effort in Clovis decades ago was struck down by a federal court.

    “This is our time to lead the state,” ordinance sponsor Jay Block said in arguing for the ordinance.

    He said the bill would bring better wages, more jobs and would, in fact, help unions by increasing their rolls.

    Union leadership and rank-and-file members who filled the room vigorously opposed the ordinance and said it would hurt unions and lower wages.

    And they promised the passage by the commission wouldn’t be the end of the issue.

    “We have lawyers, you have lawyers and we’ll see you in court,” New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President Jon Hendry told commissioners.
    Sandoval County Commissioners pass right-to-work ordinance, defying legal threats | The NM Political Report

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    Claims by right-to-work supporters like a hollow bunny

    Mr. Paul Gessing’s column of February 15 touted county-level so-called right-to-work laws by citing supposed job increases from alleged resultant economic development. But he must have been looking for the Easter Bunny to come early, because what he’s selling is a hollow bunny —shiny chocolate on the surface but empty betrayal after that.

    He gave an example of Warren County, Kentucky’s increased investment by companies seeking to locate there. The argument for this misnamed boon to capital is that it’s good for working people to weaken unions and the union shop. The folks behind this — chambers of commerce, the infamous corporatist-driven American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the avowedly anti-union National Institute for Labor Relations Research — have equated weak unions with more jobs, implying a better life for working people.

    Shiny on the surface. But then comes the hollow betrayal.
    Working people in New Mexico counties shouldn’t be hoodwinked into trading their battle-hard gains of collective bargaining and union shop contracts, won by blood and the sacrifice of thousands, for right-to-work. It’s fake—a hollow bunny.
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    Otero County adopts right-to-work law

    So this is how the republicans are going to destroy NM! Since they cannot get it passed in the state legislature, they will get it passed in their counties!!! I am wondering just how many union workers there are in Otero county??? For those of you who have never been to New Mexico, Albuquerque is the biggest city. Aside from Santa Fe and Las Cruces, there are no big cities which means not a whole lot of union members. This is a complete joke.

    ALAMOGORDO – Otero County Commissioners adopted a right-to-work ordinance during their regular monthly meeting Thursday with support from members of the audience.

    Otero County is the second county in New Mexico to pass right-to-work legislation after Sandoval County.

    Ordinance No. 18-01 was approved unanimously without recommendations from Otero County Attorney Michael Eshleman.

    “Personally, I would’ve preferred to do the amendments recommended by our attorney but at that point because the motion had already been made and the person who made the motion wasn’t going to change the motion, it would’ve died. It would have had to come back around next month and we need to get this cleared up,” County Commission Chairman Lori Bies said. “It’s been approved without the amendments. My personal feeling is that this is why we hired our attorney to keep us afloat as far as not putting us in the position to be sued for little things that we miss. That’s his job and he does a remarkable job of it.”

    The controversial legislation has been met with skepticism, including in Sandoval County where the legislation was first passed by a New Mexico county. New Mexico is not a right-to-work state, however, there are 28 states who have right-to-work laws.
    https://www.alamogordonews.com/story...law/513052002/

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    And the Koch brothers are the ones behind this!!! They can't even leave New Mexico alone and look how low our union numbers are here.
    As the issue of compulsory union dues and fees for public employees is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, one New Mexico activist group is jumping from county to county, pushing local lawmakers to ban unions from requiring money to represent private sector workers.

    The libertarian non-profit Americans for Prosperity announced its reentry into New Mexico politics about a year ago. Funded by David and Charles Koch, Americans for Prosperity is a 501(c)(4), which means most of the group’s work has to focus on advocacy or education, rather than support or opposition of specific political candidates. Other groups with the same tax category include the American Civil Liberties Union, AARP and the National Rifle Association. In New Mexico supporters of right-to-work laws haven’t been able to pass a statewide right-to-work law for decades. But even with a pending lawsuit against a county government for passing such an ordinance, the non-profit has been busy with its rapid fire attempt to pass right-to-work legislation, county by county. Or, as the late U.S. Army Gen. Creighton Abrams reportedly suggested one eats an elephant—one bite at a time.
    While Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and labor attorneys say state law doesn’t give counties the authority to pass measures like the right-to-work ordinance, Americans for Prosperity State Director Burly Cain thinks a federal judge will rule in favor of Sandoval County. Regardless, he’s not waiting around to see what happens. Instead, Cain is hitting the road. After their success in Otero County, they’ve convinced county commissioners in Chaves, Lincoln and McKinley counties to introduce right-to-work proposals.

    The debate over right-to-work laws go back decades in New Mexico. In the early 1980s the state Legislature twice sent right-to-work legislation to then-Governor Bruce King. King vetoed both attempts. The issue was mostly dormant until 2015, when Republicans took control of the state House of Representatives. Numerous legislative hearings were held that year with hours of public comment, and the effort passed the House. But attempts to pass legislation barring mandatory payments to labor unions as a condition of employment were thwarted by the Democratic majority in the state Senate.

    Now, right-to-work proponents are well into plan B: a piecemeal strategy, partially borrowed from Americans for Prosperity in Kentucky, where a federal appeals court ruled that counties in that state could pass right-to-work laws. But whether Kentucky counties could pass such laws became a non-issue when the state enacted a right-to-work law last year.
    New right-to-work tactic: One piece at time | The NM Political Report

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    RTW has little effect on Unions.
    There are bigger underlying problems

    The Union has come out to hand out cards where I work which I signed. But in the past weeks I was surprised at the peoples reactions. No, for several reasons. They just don't want it. Some had previous Union jobs that closed but mostly it was the foreigners that said no and the Young that said no. I was surprised on what little the company said in defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strapdrager View Post
    RTW has little effect on Unions.
    There are bigger underlying problems

    The Union has come out to hand out cards where I work which I signed. But in the past weeks I was surprised at the peoples reactions. No, for several reasons. They just don't want it. Some had previous Union jobs that closed but mostly it was the foreigners that said no and the Young that said no. I was surprised on what little the company said in defense.

    You have got to be kidding! I think it has proven to have a huge affect on unions.

 

 
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