AFSCME Council 18


Relations had grown chilly between Union Detention Officers and Management at Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center over the past year and a half. On January 5, New Mexico Second Judicial Court’s Judge Malott agreed with AFSCME Officers, saying that management actions had “left the union voiceless,” and ordered the county back to the negotiations table with the union.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center Officers believe County Manger Zdunek has back-room engineered a retaliation campaign against 420 (mostly union) detention officers after they won a July 2014 prohibited practice complaint against management for unilaterally changing the shift bidding process.

MDC Detention Officers of AFSCME Local 2499 have protections in their contract giving them rights to bid over the posts they work and a choice of when to schedule their weekends with family.

The problems began in March 2014 when MDC management circulated a chart dictating what posts each employee would be assigned to in violation of a 2013 memorandum of understanding with the union.

Local 2499 President and MDC Lieutenant Stephen Perkins said, “Management and the union had already struck an agreement on how officers could bid for posts and days off. It had been working well for 18 months. In March, all that went out the window for no operational purpose.”

Believing that the unilateral change was a violation of the officers bargaining rights, the local took the dispute before the Bernalillo County Labor Board who ruled in the union’s favor and directed the county to return to the negotiations table. That is when the real retaliation began according to union members.

The county ignored the board’s order and never sat down to negotiate changes to the shift bid process. Instead, the county doubled on, click below

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Congratulations AFSCME membership of Locals 624, 2962, and 1888!

After a five year struggle, Albuquerque city employees have a NEW contract. The new agreement guarantees them a long overdue raise without sacrificing any workplace rights so vital to a career in public service.

READ 1/27/15 ABQ Journal Coverage

Members from all three Locals began lining up to vote today at six a.m., with the final voters running in with less than a minute left to cast their ballot.

"We're proud of the way the membership has been willing to fight all these years. The sacrifices we made to hang onto our rights were substantial, but in the end, not only have city employees carried the day, public services won as well." - Deb Rainaldi, President Local 2962, Clerical / Technical Employees

"We refused to be bullied or bought off. We also give credit to several of our city councilors who stood by our side in this fight for workers' rights." - Tomas Romero, President Local 1888, City Security Employees*"

"This is an example of how when we stick together, the members can win. AFSCME members don't back down" - Casey Padilla, President Local 624 - Blue Collar / Transit employees

"Because of the strength and commitment demonstrated by the three locals, all AFSCME members stand taller, not only in New Mexico but across the country. In the fight for workers' rights, AFSCME never backs down. Council 18 staff representative Rocky Gutierrez and Chief Legal Council Shane Youtz deserve a lot of credit as they were instrumental in this process." - Connie Derr, AFSCME Council 18 Executive Director 


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The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.


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:

Union members are happier with their lives than nonunion workers. Makes sense, right? Now comes a study that proves it.


 Many NMDOT Maintenance Workers Win Raise


Following a multi year campaign by AFSCME members at New Mexico Department of Transportation, wages have been increased for some personnel. Career employees who were earning below the midpoint in their salary range have received up to a 10% raise intended to bring them up to midpoint.

New Mexico State Government's compensation structure has been lagging behind surrounding states for years at most every agency.

Until recently, the Martinez administration had only addressed that problem by hiring new workers at an inflated and higher rate of pay.

While this solution works just fine for those entering public service for the first time, it's been responsible for a huge decline in morale among career public employees.

While new employees are recruited using a "temporary recruitment differential", the state personnel board rarely approved "retention differentials" for the men and women who have dedicated their careers to New Mexico.

The result, veteran snow plow driver of 15+ years can be training a new green employees just out of school who earns 3-4 dollars more an hour.

See this AFSCME Story from 2013 when NMDOT appeared before NM State Personnel Board to sound the alarm. ["NM Department of Transportation Wage Disparity Fueling Crisis in Morale and Operations"]

NMDOT employees appreciate the move which put extra money into their pockets beginning December 26, 2014.

Thousands of other state employees are living under the same scenario. From CYFD to Corrections, AFSCME members continue to speak out and demand their agencies respect the work AND the worker, by compensating them fairly for longevity and experience!

In Unity

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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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