Everyone who works for a living should be able to raise a family and pay their bills. After a long and challenging fight, and a decade of stagnant wages, hard working New Mexicans finally got a raise in 2020. Workers from across New Mexico successfully mobilized for a minimum wage increase in 2019. In 2021, workers successfully fought to eliminate exemptions from the higher state minimum wage for youth. The 2021 minimum wage is $10.50 an hour and will increase annually until reaching $12 an hour in 2023. The new more inclusive minimum wage directly impacts 150,000 workers in our state—nearly 20% of the workforce. NMCLP will monitor the increase to ensure employers are implementing the law fairly.
Despite New Mexico having some of the strongest wage laws in the country, some workers are excluded from these basic wage guarantees. NMCLP works with partners to end discriminatory exclusions that leave dairy workers, packers, and other agricultural workers out of these fundamental protections.
In 2019, NMCLP supported workers and worker organizing groups to help pass legislation that ended the outdated and discriminatory exclusion of domestic and home care workers from our state wage law. As a result, tens of thousands of workers who do some of the hardest and most important work like caring for others’ loved ones and cleaning houses are included in New Mexico’s minimum wage standards and other wage protections.