Santa Fe – House Democrats are moving a bill that would undermine the decisions of numerous counties across New Mexico. To date, local elected officials in eight New Mexico counties have adopted Right-To-Work ordinances, which means county residents are not required to join or pay dues to a union in order to get a job. Under the Democrat’s House Bill 85 (HB 85,) New Mexicans could be forced to pay part of their paycheck to unions no matter their local laws. HB 85, titled “Union Security Agreements,” would overrule the county commissions in the eight counties who have already adopted right-to-work ordinances.
“This is Santa Fe politicians telling local leaders they don’t count and it’s despicable,” said Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia.) “These local leaders are accountable to their communities and their decisions shouldn’t be over ruled by distant special interests who put their needs first.”
Counties all over New Mexico have passed county specific legislation that differs from state statute including increasing minimum wage or designating “sanctuary” cities. However, HB 85 only overrules counties that have passed right-to-work ordinances.
HB 85 has passed two committees and is currently on the way to the House Floor.