County Commission will consider right to work ordinance

San Juan College board will discuss student housing proposal

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County Commission

FARMINGTON — Community members will have the chance to comment on San Juan County’s draft “right to work” ordinance during a County Commission meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

If passed, the ordinance would prevent employers from requiring employees to pay union fees or join unions as a condition of employment.

The ordinance would only apply to private-sector businesses in unincorporated areas.

The ordinance is intended to spur economic development in San Juan County, but opponents say it will weaken unions.

If passed, the county would join Sandoval, Otero, Chaves and Lincoln counties as areas in the state with right to work ordinances. San Juan County’s draft ordinance mirrors the Sandoval County ordinance.

A copy of the draft ordinance can be viewed at

College board to discuss student housing

The San Juan College Board will discuss and possibly approve a predevelopment agreement for student housing. The college does not have any dorms for students to stay in while attending classes.

During a legislative Water and Natural Resources Interim Committee meeting in July, San Juan College President Toni Pendergrass said some students sleep in cars rather than commute to and from the college every day.

The college board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the college board room. The college is located at 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington.