New Poll shows New Mexicans Overwhelmingly Support Free Association Principles behind Right to Work

(Albuquerque, NM) – The Rio Grande Foundation is one of 77 organizations in 44 states celebrating “National Employee Freedom Week” which lasts from August 10-16. The week marks an occasion to educate workers on their freedom to join or not join a labor union.

There is no more basic freedom enshrined in the United States Constitution than that of free association. That includes the choice not to be forced to join or pay dues to a union as a precondition of employment. This right is protected under “Right to Work” legislation which has been adopted by 24 states, not including New Mexico.

According to a poll of 500-502 respondents conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, approximately 84.7 percent of New Mexicans answered “Yes” to the question: “Should employees have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union?”

Said Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing, “These poll results illustrate strong support for the basic tenets of a “Right to Work law in New Mexico. No matter how the legislative races pan out in November, there can be no doubt that an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans support the basic principles of “Right to Work.”

Concluded Gessing, “Where implemented, “Right to Work” laws not only protect basic fairness, but they have a proven track record of spurring economic growth and increased employment when adopted. With New Mexico’s economy struggling profoundly, both parties in Santa Fe must consider ‘Right to Work’ as a core component of plans to reform the economy.”

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One Reply to “New Poll shows New Mexicans Overwhelmingly Support Free Association Principles behind Right to Work”

  1. I’m retired state employee who was coerced into joining the union. By coercion , I mean join or loose your job. A job I had held for 20+ years. We were told that the union would get us better wages when I know the LFC are responsible for any wage increases. The governor is trying to stop the automatic deduction of union dues by the different agencies, I hope she is successful but with the democrats in charge, I doubt that will happen. Thanks for your efforts to educate the people of New Mexico although I’m sure at times it’s like pushing a dead mule uphill.

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