Federal law prohibits employers from forcing workers to join unions in order to get jobs.
But in New Mexico, unions can negotiate a fair share agreement. Workers who benefit from what a union has done–negotiated for better wages, for example–can then be required to pay some fees to the union, even if they aren’t dues-paying members.
New Mexico lawmakers will consider what is known as "right-to-work" legislation during this year’s legislative session.
What union-related requirements and union activity does current state and federal law allow in the workplace? The public sector? The private sector? What would proposed legislation change and who would benefit? Who would be harmed?
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