New Mexico Governor Signs Bill to Expand Collective Bargaining Rights

Last week, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed H.B. 364 into law. The labor law reform bill strengthens collective bargaining rights for New Mexican public sector workers by reducing delays in union elections, protecting concerted activities like circulating petitions and talking to coworkers about wages, and more.

"CWA members are grateful to Governor Lujan Grisham and all the state elected officials who got this bill passed to modernize and strengthen collective bargaining rights for New Mexico's public sector workers," said CWA District 7 Vice President Brenda Roberts. "All workers should have the right to join a union without intimidation, and this bill is an important step in achieving that goal for New Mexicans."

CWA members nationwide are mobilizing to pass the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which addresses the unique challenges that public service workers face when they want to join a union. This bill, introduced by Congressional Democrats, establishes a right to join a union for public service workers and sets a minimum nationwide standard of public service worker collective bargaining rights that all governmental bodies including states, counties, and cities must provide.