|AFSCME Council 18|
KRQE Investigates NMCD Vacancy Crisis, Blue Breakfast 2017, and Legislature Declares Correctional and Detention Officers Day
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Larry Barker Interviews AFSCME Members: Exposes Dangerous Vacancy Levels at NMCD Facilities
KRQE's Larry Barker showed up for the 8th Annual AFSCME Public Safety Blue Breakfast and spoke with AFSCME Corrections Officers about the dangerous conditions they face everyday
For years, it has been a central focus of AFSCME Council 18 to pressure Governor Martinez's administration to address unsafe vacancy levels inside our state prisons. Working with our legislative allies, we succeeded in raising the pay for the newer recruits in July 2016, but the experienced career officers continue to be underpaid and overworked. This has led to high turnover and continuous high vacancy levels.
On March 20, KRQE aired a "Larry Barker Investigates" piece on the crisis at the state prisons. The public airing on Governor Martinez's neglect of the system puts more pressure on her administration to find solutions.
The Heart Behind the Badge
2017 AFSCME Public Safety Blue Breakfast is Biggest and Best Yet
Around 100 AFSCME members from across New Mexico attended AFSCME Council 18's Eighth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast in Santa Fe, at Garrett's Desert Inn, on February 23, 2017.
AFSCME corrections and detention officers, emergency medical professionals, security officers, police officers, sheriff's deputies, 911 dispatchers, and probation and parole officers met to celebrate their rewarding and difficult careers, learn from one another's experiences, hear the latest information on AFSCME's battles for safety, and take political action on issues affecting public safety jobs.
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There is a dangerous resolution that jeopardizes everything from our right to organize to Medicare and Social Security that has made a last-minute push through the Senate. We have to stop Senate Joint Resolution 12, which calls for a national constitutional convention, and we need calls and emails now.
Ask them to "Please oppose S.J.R. 12"
The idea of having President Trump, U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell re-writing our Constitution is beyond scary.
Republicans are itching for a national constitutional convention, and it has to be stopped. We don't want New Mexico to be one of the 34 states needed to convene a convention.
Please call and email Speaker Brian Egolf at 505-986-4782 and House Judiciary Chair Gail Chasey at 505-986-4411and say Please oppose S.J.R. 12.
You can also email them and the House Judiciary Committee Dems
Republican State Representative Larry Larranaga has tried for years to hand over public services to private, for-profit companies. If he succeeds, virtually every city, county, university, and state employee in New Mexico could lose your retirement, health care, and take a big pay cut.
Make Phone Calls and Write Emails NOW! (see below for committee targets)
This year, Rep. Larranaga's bill is House Bill 275, and it's being heard in the House Transportation Committee tomorrow, Thursday, February 16. He has all the Republican votes locked down, and since it's a 5-5 committee, that means that we need all 5 Democrats to be present and to vote "NO" on House Bill 275.
Don't let the big corporations take away your health care, retirement, and pay, just to fatten their profits. Make the calls NOW, and ask that each of these representatives votes NO on House Bill 275. Make the calls on your own phone and on your own time (like during lunch or a break), and be kind to the workers answering the phone. Thanks!
Chair Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos)
[NOTE: Rep. Ruiloba and Rep. Garcia have the same phone number--you can leave a message for each on the same call!]
Gov. Martinez gave her state of the state address today, and while there were some positive general statements, the overall message was a big disappointment.
Let's first find common ground: Gov. Martinez claims she wants to find bipartisan solutions to our budget problems. She also said good things about some of our members--mostly those who work in public safety, including those in CYFD and the Department of Corrections.
Talk is nice, and we agree that those who work for the state, who are already understaffed and underpaid, deserve our respect, thanks, and support. While Gov. Martinez gave respect and thanks, it's on the support issue--changing talk into action--that we need to move her.
She still plans to ask for YOU--everyone reading this who works for the state or for a university, or for public schools, to take a 3.5% pay cut to balance the budget. And nobody else. Her budget has even MORE corporate tax cuts coming next year, and it protects loopholes for Wall Street gamblers and out-of-state corporations.
So while everyone likes a nice compliment, not many of us would take a compliment if it was backed up with "hey, now fork over $2,000--each of you and your families--to pay for Wall Street loopholes."
People who make their money in the stock market pay HALF of what you do in personal income tax. And she's asking you to fork over thousands of dollars? Every year? That's not just wrong, it's hypocritical for someone who says she cares about our public safety and other workers.
The good news is that your union is already at the Roundhouse talking to both Democrats and Republicans...Read more >>>
8th Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast
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