- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she believes every worker should be allowed to choose whether they want to join a union or contribute to one.

She called on lawmakers to adopt right-to-work legislation that would allow for such a choice. Doing so, she says would protect the paychecks of workers and give people more money for living expenses.

Republican lawmakers have proposed measures that would bar private- and public-sector workers from being required to join unions as a condition for employment.

Supporters contend right-to-work states are more attractive to businesses, but opponents say such measures are an attack on unions and won’t create jobs or save the state any money.

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