If you haven’t heard by now, Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to prevent public sector unions from collecting membership dues. The governor’s conversation may be about dues, but the deeper context is about something much greater: the existence of unions, the right to organize and workplace democracy.
Gov. Martinez said, “I oppose forcing the state to collect union dues for big labor.” Big labor? The governor is trying to apply a pejorative label onto democratic institutions committed to improving compensation, working conditions and benefits for their members and, in turn, for all workers. Because we have unions, we have child labor laws, sick leave, social security, worker’s comp and so much more.