SANTA FE — AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly issued the following statement applauding New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ reaffirmation of public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights in the wake of the Janus v. AFSCMEU.S. Supreme Court decision:
“Attorney General Hector Balderas’ commitment to stand firm in the aftermath of Janus is a shining example for elected officials confronting the barrage of legal and political attacks being waged by the right wing against American workers. The attorney general is absolutely correct in noting that, aside from the specific issue of fair share fees, the obligations of New Mexico public employers and employees remain unchanged.
“Public employees still have the right to organize; the right to choose a labor organization; the right to join a labor organization; the right to engage in lawful, concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining; and the right to be represented by a labor organization for the purpose of bargaining collectively on questions of wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. And Janus does not affect existing agreements between a union and its members to pay dues.
“The right wing is attacking union rights, voting rights and public education, because these are the vehicles working people have to win a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. The Janus case’s billionaire funders—the Kochs, the DeVoses and others—would rather individuals fend for themselves so their power goes unchallenged. Balderas’ advisory is a reaffirmation of the freedom of New Mexico public sector workers to join together in unions and strike back against cynical attempts to undermine them.”