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Anti-worker forces are active and spending millions in New Mexico to pass anti-worker legislation at the county level.

Rep.-elect Conor Lamb made national waves with an improbable win last week in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.

Sandoval County Tax Dollars Being Used to Push Extremist Political Agenda

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Rep.-elect Conor Lamb made national waves with his improbable win in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. He faced down $10 million in outside money funneled to his opponent by corporate and right-wing interests. He fought through a barrage of incessant, hyperpartisan attacks blanketing the airwaves. He was abandoned by his own party’s national infrastructure in a district that hadn’t elected a Democrat in nearly 15 years. And he still came out on top.

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McKinley County Tax Dollars Could Be Used to Push Extremist Political Agenda

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the New Mexico Federation of Labor appeared before McKinley County Commissioners to debunk (again) the bogus arguments being used to advance a so-called "Right-to-work" (RTW) ordinance. The ordinance's sponsor, Commissioner Lee, didn't even show up.

CLICK HERE for our latest FACT SHEET on RTW [PDF]

Call the three McKinley County Commissioners with our message:

  • RTW laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work

  • RTW laws have no positive impact on job creation or economic development

  • RTW is Dangerous, Divisive, and Unnecessary

  • RTW is being pushed by out of state billionaires to benefit the wealthy and elite alone

  • These laws have nothing to do with our right to free speech

  • Americans for Prosperity and their kin organizations have publicly stated that RTW laws are specifically about destroying unions, period.

Call all three commissioners 7am-6pm Monday - Thursday at the same number. Email them a message at [email protected] and we'll make sure commissioners get it. (McKinley County does not publish commissioner email addresses)

Carol Bowman-Muskett

County Commissioner - District I
505-722-3868 ext. 1053

Genevieve Jackson

County Commissioner - District II
505-722-3868 ext. 1053

Bill Lee (RTW sponsor)

County Commissioner District III

505-722-3868 ext. 1053

CLICK and Listen to Union Attorney Shane Youtz on air in McKinley County discussing proposed "Right to Work" ordinance with KGLP's Rachel Kaub.

McKinley County's proposed ordinance is only one several so-called "right-to-work" laws being pushed in New Mexico counties by billionaire funded, Americans for Prosperity - an organization notorious for its fake grassroots efforts that funnel millions in cash across the nation to spread an extremist free-market, anti-worker, anti-science, right-wing ideology.

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