Right-to-work debate heats up

Right-to-work debate at roundhouse.
Right-to-work debate at the Roundhouse.

SANTA FE (KRQE) – It was a loud start at the roundhouse where the debate about right-to-work and the right for people to join or refuse a union has begun.

More than 100 people packed Thursday’s hearing. Most of the people KRQE News 13 talked to opposed the measure.

Right now without right-to-work laws, labor unions may require employees to pay dues regardless of whether they join.

This is because unions benefit from the negotiations they conduct on behalf of all employees.

Supporters who want to bar non-union fees say it’ll help the state create new jobs.

If approved, New Mexico would be the 25th state in the nation with a right-to-work-law. Indiana and Michigan were the last two states to pass one.

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