AFSCME Council 18


We're less than three weeks away from a primary election that will go a long way towards determining whether our strongest candidates to help workers will make the November ballot.  There are opportunities to help in everything from the presidential race to state legislative races to the PRC.  

Please volunteer for at least one shift this weekend, and please email and to let us know you were out there fighting for our jobs and our future.  

And wear AFSCME green out there.  Thanks!


Hillary for New Mexico
Date: Friday, May 20
Time/event: 5 - 8 PM Phone Bank
Location: 6909 Menaul NE
Adrian Pedroza - Bernalillo County Commission District 2
Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location: 1595 Cerro Vista SW

Roman Montoya - Bernalillo County Clerk
Date: Saturday May 21
Time/event: 10 a.m. Canvass
Location: Camino Floretta NW, Albuquerque, NM

Karen Montoya - Public Regulation Commission District 1
Date:  Saturday May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. Canvass
Location:  1305 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM



Angelica Rubio - State House District 35

Date:  Thursday May 19
Time/event:  6pm Canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Saturday May 21
Time/event:  10:30 a.m. canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Please contact Connie @ 575-496-5124 before coming over so she can have packets ready!



Hillary for New Mexico
Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location:  Center for Progress and Justice at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. (across from Indian School)

Date:  Sunday, May 22
Time/event:  2 p.m. canvass
Location:  Center for Progress and Justice at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. (across from Indian School)

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  2 p.m. Early Vote Rally for Hillary for New Mexico
Location:  Rodeo Fairgrounds

AFSCME New Mexico Public Safety members helped to produce this documentary about the true spirit of law enforcement in America.


Local 601 President Adam Keck and Local 923 President Sammy Marquez assisted in production for the New Mexico filming, recruited community members to appear in the filming, and appear in the final production.

Proud To Protect and Serve

AFSCME Law Enforcement Documentary

AFSCME Council 18 is glad to share this film with you today in honor of National Police Week, and in memory of dedicated Peace Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15th.

In Unity


We know that the road has been long, that change has come too slow, and that Income Support Division (ISD) staff are under unacceptable pressures to do their jobs in the face of systematic ambush.

AFSCME has send this letter to the USDA requesting they investigate the systemic failures that have gone unaddressed by the Martinez administration for too long.


CLICK here to READ about the April 28 Court case where New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty is requesting a Federal Monitor to oversee ISD. AFSCME members and ISD staff are under federal subpeona to reveal the truth of what is happening within the system.

Watch this page for updates following the Federal Court hearing.

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AFSCME members and retirees are breathing a sigh of relief after surviving another series of attacks by Republican Governor Susana Martinez and the Republican controlled House of Representatives in Santa Fe.

During the session, New Mexico Labor mobilized thousands of calls, letters, emails, and personal visits to key legislators to ensure that collective bargaining was protected. 

AFSCME members joined CWA members for the first annual  Red & Green Rally at the Roundhouse, on Saturday, February 6. Council 18 President Casey Padilla (pictured below) kicked-off the mid-morning rally by reminding the more than 200 members that “when union members are active, positive change happens!” 


Please send a quick word of thanks to our legislators in the House and the Senate who stood with working families this session! Sign a Thank You Petition here!

Labor leaders and legislators from around the state addressed the rowdy crowd. Every single speaker emphasized the importance of the 2016 elections. Jon Hendry, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, reminded the crowd that “the health of our communities, the rights of public employees, and the progress of the State of New Mexico depends on labor getting out the vote to support those who support New Mexicans.”

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State Employee Union Members Rally at Roundhouse: Call for Return to Reason in State Politics

AFSCME and CWA Union Members Say Skinny Winter Doesn’t Justify Neglect of Public Services Needs

Santa Fe, NM – On Saturday, February 6th, working people from across the state gathered for a rally at the Roundhouse. Over 100 union members rallied and called on legislators to invest in the people and services that make New Mexico run. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members highlighted the direct impact that state workers have on the wellbeing of New Mexico communities.

Following the rally, AFSCME and CWA members lobbied legislators at the Roundhouse to tell their stories and engage them directly around the issues that matter to New Mexico families.....READ more

Time for a unity ride on the Roundhouse! Public services matter! Wages we can sustain our families on are essential. Right to Work laws are a dangerous distraction and an attack on working families.


Feb 5th - AFSCME / CWA Lobby Day

AFSCME Members:
MEET East Side Capitol - 10AMdetails: 505-266-2505 or

Feb 6th - RALLY


Lunch Provided, call Local Presidents for transportation options
details: 505-266-2505 or

We believe in a better and rising New Mexico. Now we need the Governor to believe and invest budget surpluses in NM families - NOT ineffective tax cuts for wealthy few!

Be there February 5th and 6th, We're the Red and Green Machine! We're CWA and AFSCME union members and we mean to be seen. Take action in 2016.

Before the Lobby / Rally Events on 2/5 and 2/6, please take a moment to write a letter in your own words to your home town state legislators.

CLICK HERE to write letter in support of New Mexico public employees providing the services which tax payers expect, pay for, and deserve. Its time! 2016 is a year of hope where we'll fight to make major improvements for NM public services and our jobs.

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Frontlines: Winter 2016 - AFSCME New Mexico Steward Newsletter


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

Trouble? CLICK to Download PDF


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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