New Mexico Counties Pass Local "Right To Work" Rules

May 15, 2018

  Commentary: Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) on Tuesday applauded Lincoln County commissioners for unanimously passing the right-to-work ordinance introduced by Commissioner Elaine Allen, making Lincoln the third county in New Mexico to expand workers’ rights. Sandoval and Otero counties have already passed similar right-to-work ordinances. AFP-NM has been at the forefront of the push for right-to-work policies in the state, having launched in 2017 the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign, a multilayered grassroots campaign to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work.


“One by one, counties across the state are beginning to understand that expanding workers’ freedom will improve our business climate and ultimately make New Mexico a better place to live, work, and raise a family. The unanimous vote underscores the surge in support for this issue in communities throughout the state, and we thank Commissioner Allen for her leadership in Lincoln County,” said AFP-NM State Director Burly Cain. “Hard-working folks in Lincoln County are on the upswing and momentum is on our side throughout the state. On to the next county.”


AFP-NM has been the most vocal advocate in the state for local governments to pass policies that empower New Mexico workers. Last September, AFP-NM launched the “New Jobs New Mexico” campaign – a robust grassroots, direct mail, and digital effort to educate citizens about the impact of right-to-work. AFP-NM first rallied in Sandoval County in August 2017, which passed Right-To-Work on January 19th, 2018. AFP-NM then mobilized in Otero County, which passed right-to-work onApril 12. The group is committed to engaging across the state, county by county, to make New Mexico the next right-to-work success story.

The grassroots organization now turns its activists toward Chaves County, which has already introduced right-to-work ordinances.


“Americans for Prosperity announced its reentry into New Mexico politics about a year ago… 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.” (“New right-to-work tactic: One piece at time,” NM Political Report, 4/25/18)