The Rio Rancho Observer’s Antonio Sanchez ran a great article yesterday highlighting the ways New Mexico’s workers will be negatively impacted by controversial ‘right-to-work’ legislation currently moving through the New Mexico Legislature.
The article comes as anti-worker proponents of such legislation have taken a beating over the last few weeks. We exposed the entire right-to-work scheme as a years-in-the-making political ploy early in this legislative session. Prominent academics have debunked the misleading claims used by RTW proponents in NM and have criticized the Rio Grande Foundation’s RTW study as having used “kindergarten math” to come to the pre-determined conclusions it did. Huge protests against these kinds of bills have also broken out in Wisconsin recently, highlighting the national push back against the corporate pandering these bills aim for.
Here are a few excerpts from the Rio Rancho Observer article, but make sure to CLICK HERE to read the whole thing on their site:
“I understand them wanting to bring industry into the state and create jobs, I do,” he said. “But I honestly do not believe that passing a right-to-work law is going to do that.”
Beavers said of the 24 states with a right-to-work law, Oklahoma is the one state to show results of the bill, with information about job growth available 10 years before and after the bill was enacted. Since enacting a right-to-work bill in 2001, the state has lost over 20,000 manufacturing jobs, he said.
“I don’t think right-to-work legislation is the silver bullet that we’re looking for here in New Mexico,” he said. “We’re in the bottom third for wages in the nation right now. Right-to-work states tend to have a lower income; union wages help drive up wages around the state.”
“Efforts to push proposals like HB 75 have been coordinated across the country with one purpose — to line the pockets of corporate CEOs and the already wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” Eisenberg said.
He said right-to-work legislation is a distraction and unnecessary, adding “right-to-work means the government is putting itself between workers and our unions.” He said the state’s attraction to businesses like Intel is indicative that the state needs to provide future employers with an educated and skilled workforce.