Mandated Unions in NM?

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) believes that workers and employers throughout the state should be free to have labor agreements and join unions if they choose. We also agree that New Mexico should pass Right-to-Work legislation to ensure workers and employers have the right to choose not to unionize. The NMBC helped educate voters (and City Councilors) in Santa Fe on the problems with Community Workforce Agreements and the Santa Fe ordinance was repealed.

CABQ Mayor Berry Gets It Right: The right to work issue, under the heading of Project Labor Agreements, is now a topic in the Albuquerque Mayoral race. According to an Albuquerque Journal article titled; ‘Mayoral hopefuls air differences on union mandate,’ the only candidate that agrees with the NMBC pro-business, right-to-work position is current Mayor, R.J. Berry. Giving all contractors equal opportunity to bid on and receive city contracts is the right thing to do for Albuquerque and for New Mexico.

On the other hand, Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh say they favor laws that eliminate the ability of non-union workers and non-union employers to receive a CABQ contract unless they sign a Project Labor or Community Workforce Agreement (same thing as a union contract). While other states and municipalities are moving away from ‘union mandates’ and passing right-to-work laws, Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh say they would take the city in the opposite direction.

Who We Elect Matters: Our construction industry has been particularly hard hit with lost jobs and companies going out of business over the past 4 years. The last thing the City of Albuquerque or any city in New Mexico needs is a mayor who wants to limit the ability of 96% of construction workers to work on city projects. Read more about Community Workforce Agreements and where the Albuquerque Mayor candidates stand on this issue here.

In-Person Absentee voting is open from September 3 through September 17. Early voting for the Albuquerque Mayoral race begins on September 15 and goes through October 4. For more information, visit the ABQ Elections website here.

Join us Thursday in Farmington: The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) will have a Farmington BASH (Business and Social Hour) on September 5, 2013! The BASH is hosted by T. Greg Merrion, at the Merrion Oil and Gas Headquarters. Register HERE.

Here are some of the elected officials who will be attending the BASH: Senator Steven Neville, Senator Bill Sharer, Rep Paul Bandy, Rep Chischilliage, Rep James Strickler, Rep Tom Taylor, Farmington City Councilors Dan Darnell and Gayla McCulloch, San Juan County Commissioner Jack Fortner and Terri Fortner, San Juan County Commissioner Keith Johns, San Juan County Commissioner Margaret McDaniel and Gary McDaniel, San Juan County Commissioner GloJean Todacheene and Lonnie Todacheene, San Juan County Assessor Clyde Ward. Thank You to Our Farmington BASH Sponsors: Merrion Oil & Gas, Conoco Phillips, Independent Community Bankers Association, Allen and Gayla McCulloch, Americans For Prosperity, Bayless Producer, LLC, Bill Hagler, Farmington Chamber of Commerce, The Howle Family, M & R Trucking, Print Mart, DJ Simmons

2013 Raffle Tickets for a 7 Day vacation still on sale: Buy a raffle ticket to win a 7 day, 7 night trip to any U.S. Wyndham or R.C.I. Resort. Live drawing will be held at the 2013 HEROES Luncheon on September 26, 2013. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $20 each, $50 for three, or the best value, $100 for ten and can be purchased HERE or by calling 505-836-4223. Don’t miss your opportunity to vacation in style!

Contact the New Mexico Business Coalition at (505) 836-4223 or for more information.