Monday, 25 February 2019 22:26

Right to Work sinks, taxes on the rise

Taking away our rights: The House passed HB 85 Union Security Agreements along party lines with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing over the weekend. The bill, if signed into law, would stop additional counties from passing Right to Work (RTW) ordinances. It also retroactively takes away the rights of the workers who work in 10 NM counties or the Village of Ruidoso that passed RTW ordinances. Incredibly the bill states in Section 1 B that ‘any employer or labor organization may execute and apply an agreement REQUIRING membership in a labor organization AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.’ 

This is a horrible attack on employees’ rights to decide if they will join a union or not. It also takes away a Commission’s right to govern their county with the authority it has always had in employment-related issues such as minimum wage, sick leave, … etc. 
 
Now, about that tax increase.....


Taking away our money: Thanks to historic business and individual tax cuts at the federal level, the economy is performing near or at its peak potential. In fact, 304,000 jobs were added to the economy in January. 

Unfortunately, in New Mexico, some elected officials are moving in the opposite direction with numerous tax increase bills like HB 6 Tax Changes which is on the fast track to the Governor's desk. With only one committee assignment in the House, this bill will skip the legal review in the Judiciary Committee and head straight to the House floor after Wednesday’s vote in House Tax and Rev.  It only takes 30 seconds: Tell legislators to VOTE NO on HB 6 HERE.

You can follow HB 85, HB 6 (and other bills NMBC feels is important) by watching our 2019 Bill Tracker HERE. Just hover over the “Bill Tracker” link and choose which sheet you want to look at. 

Now, for some good news in manufacturing: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President is named CEO of the Year. As the state affiliate for NAM, Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) has experienced first-hand the strong and consistent leadership from NAM CEO Jay Timmons. "It's no surprise and well-deserved for Jay Timmons to be recognized as CEO of the Year," said NMBC President Carla Sonntag. Read more HERE.

Manufacturers staying on the cutting edge: Manufacturing will become even more high-tech in the future as manufacturers look to stay agile to deal with changing geopolitics and shifting consumer demand. Read more HERE.

Do robots take or add jobs: Some are suggesting that adding automation systems to the manufacturing sector could, in some cases, add jobs as well as improve factory productivity. Read more HERE. 
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: If you want a good wrap up on the current legislative session and how the outcomes will affect you, your business and your pocketbook – make sure to come to the NMBC 2019 Post-Legislative BASH (Business and Social Hour) at the Albuquerque Marriott on April 4th. Senate Minority Leader, Stuart Ingle, will be there to give us the break down on the good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s legislative session. 

Seating is limited, so get your tickets HERE soon!
 
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