AFSCME Council 18


AFSCME Workers at New Mexico State Psychiatric Hospital Launch Petition Demanding Plan of Action to Address Grave Safety Concerns

Las Vegas Behavioral Health Institute (NMBHI) employees gathered at their union hall Wednesday for the second time in a month demanding attention to 30% vacancy levels at NMBHI and associated safety and client service concerns resulting from the regiment of crippling overtime.

Need a pen? Sign Petition HERE

Las Vegas Local 1380 members, NMBHI employees invite you to join them in demanding a plan, [L to R] - Tommy Jaramillo, Patrick Espinoza, Donna Montaño, Adam Chavarria (Local President), Richard Archuleta (Local VP)

NMBHI is the state’s main psychiatric hospital where employees care for over 300 New Mexico citizens requiring all types of psychiatric care; including forensic division for felony offenders, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, life-long term care, and community based services.

The decision to circulate a petition and go public with concerns was made by AFSCME Local 1380 members at a September meeting after the Department of Health proved unresponsive to employee concerns. At the heart of issue is the 72 hour work week and unacceptably high vacancy rates harming staff and the delivery of client care at NMBHI.

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Only 6 days until the Albuquerque City Council elections end--let's put candidates in office who care about workers and our families!
***see below for paid member-volunteer opportunities CALL 505-262-2629


voterFirst rule of "I'm a Voter" club: VOTE! If you're registered in the City of Albuquerque, please vote for these candidates, endorsed by AFSCME members who work for the City of Albuquerque or Water Utility:

District 2: Ike Benton (unopposed incumbent)
District 4: Israel Chavez (challenger)
District 6: Pat Davis (open seat)

If you're registered to vote anywhere in the City of Albuquerque, you can vote at any of the  12 locations around Albuquerque weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 2nd. EARLY VOTING ENDS THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND! The two sites listed below are the most convenient for most voters in the competitive city council districts:

Easiest site for most voters in District 4: North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave. NE (on Wyoming north of Paseo del Norte)

Easiest site for most voters in District 6: Veterans Memorial 1100 Louisiana SE (at Gibson)

For other early vote sites and a map, click here: — City of Albuquerque Voting Locations

After this Friday afternoon, your last chance to vote will be on Tuesday, October 6th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We'll send out the longer list of Tuesday's polling locations before Tuesday.

We need to make sure as many members and retirees as possible know how important it is to elect Israel Chavez in District 4 and Pat Davis in District 6. Union members and retirees will earn a $12/hour stipend for phoning, canvassing, and lit dropping over the next 6 days. Everything is run out of the AFSCME Hall at 1202 Pennsylvania NE (just north of Mountain). Call 505-350-2200 for info.

Wednesday, September 30th: Phonebanking, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 1st: Phonebanking, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 3rd: Lit drop (this means you don't have to knock on doors or talk to voters--just leave our member-to-member literature with information about our endorsed candidates and voting information)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please show up by 10:00, and we'll get you a packet that fits the length of time you can lit drop. We want to make sure all of our members get literature by the end of Saturday and that all of our packets are finished, so if you want to stay a bit longer than usual and earn more, we'll make sure you get a bigger list of members to drop off lit for.

Monday, October 5th: Phonebanking, canvassing, and lit drops, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6th--last day to vote: Phonebanking, canvassing, and lit drops, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

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This Weekend! PEOPLE Convention! Still time to sign UP, read below:

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Our PEOPLE Convention--AFSCME's big political convention that only meets once every two years--is coming up this weekend. We already have over 70 RSVPs already, so join your co-workers to help chart the course for the next two years of AFSCME's future. Remember, PEOPLE members at the convention will elect our statewide PEOPLE Committee who make key endorsement decisions for the 2016 elections, so don't miss this chance to have a say in who we endorse and support!


Location: AFSCME hall at 1202 Pennsylvania NE, Albuquerque

Day/date: Saturday, May 16

Hours: Registration and lunch starting at 11:00 a.m.

Convention from noon-5:00 p.m.

Barbeque from 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Whether you are staying at the Sheraton or not, PLEASE RSVP to and

You can also call Carter at 505-463-8499 or Josh at 505-350-2200 to RSVP or if you have questions.

Remember, you have to be an AFSCME member or retiree who is also a PEOPLE member to attend. AFSCME member's family members are also eligible to join PEOPLE. PEOPLE is our fund that allows us to help elect leaders who will fight for us at the Roundhouse, at city councils, in mayor's offices, at county commissions, and even in Washington, D.C. You can even join PEOPLE at the door!


The Sheraton Uptown has been kind enough to provide us with a specific link for our PEOPLE members (or those who want to join PEOPLE on or before Saturday, May 16th) who want to book a hotel room for our May 16th PEOPLE Convention.

AFSCME PEOPLE member attendees can make reservations through Sheraton's Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 referencing the AFSCME rate for May 16th at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque or by using the link here:

For anyone over an hour and a half away from Albuquerque who attends the full convention, we'll pay for your hotel room at the Sheraton Uptown (at Louisiana and Menaul NE) based on PEOPLE member double occupancy at our special AFSCME rate. That means that if you have two PEOPLE members in the room, your whole room is paid for. If you want to bring someone who is not a PEOPLE member or if you want a room to yourself, we'll pay for your half of the room. YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS AND PAY, AND KEEP THE RECEIPT TO SUBMIT FOR REIMBURSEMENT.

AFSCME is getting a very good rate of $83 (about $94 after all taxes and fees), but the rooms will go quickly, and there's no guarantee that if you wait too long the rooms (or rooms at the AFSCME rate) will still be available. No incidentals (movies, room service, etc.) will be eligible for reimbursement--we'll have free lunch and dinner at the PEOPLE convention.


Read the latest NM Works! newsletter for your legislative wrap up, official notification on the 2015 AFSCME People Convention, held May 16 in ABQ.


CLICK to read on Scribd: 
April 2015 AFSCME NM Works! Newsletter

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Click to download and read on scribd. Call 505-266-2505 to make sure you're address is correct to receive a print copy.

January 20th, 2015:

The week of January 12, 2015, the State issued an additional 884 checks, to both current and former employees. To date, the State has conducted six special payrolls and issued approximately 5,800 checks. The next special payroll is scheduled for the week of January 26, 2015.

AFSCME membership continues to seek further information and keep the pressure on to complete the back payments as quickly as possible.'

See the latest update here:

AFSCME Council 18 represents more than 15,000 public employees across New Mexico. We perform many of the state's most important jobs—from childcare providers to corrections officers—and work to make sure our rights, our families and our communities are protected. To learn more about our union and meet our members, please take a moment to watch the following video. 

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