I finally understood, I think, the thrust of the “right-to-work” ordinance after reading Lisa Dunlap’s article. All of us have a right to work, so this was the cause of my confusion.
The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the Chaves County Board of Commissioners, should be called the right to work without being forced to pay dues or fees to a union. In the name of brevity, said ordinance was assigned the incomplete and ambiguous moniker “right-to-work”.
A letter to commissioners also addressed “right-to-work” as an egregious misnomer. An attempt to resolve the ambiguity resulted in the official naming of the ordinance as “Promotion of Economic Development and Commerce by Regulations of Certain Involuntary Payments Required of employees in Chaves County.”