|AFSCME Council 18|
Council 18 Elects Leadership at Convention
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, New Mexico Council 18, representing 46 Local unions across the state, has concluded its biennial convention. Held in Albuquerque at the United Association Local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters hall, AFSCME also celebrates its 40th anniversary in New Mexico this year.
Local 624, Albuquerque blue collar, transit and water authority, was a founding local for AFSCME in New Mexico, chartered in August of 1970, shortly prior to a wildcat strike which turned violent and involved police riot squads. Flash forward to 2015, AFSCME now represents law enforcement and other public safety employees.
Delegates heard from a panel of local, state and federally elected leaders Saturday morning. The participants on the panel, which was titled, “Politics is an Action Word”, included US Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Senator Michael Padilla, Representative Brian Egolf, Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson, Santa Fe City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez and Dona Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett. Every panelist echoed the need for union members to be civically engaged. Senator Padilla said, “During the 2015 legislative session, when we faced the right to work attack, we stood strong. But the more my fellow senators heard your stories, heard from you on the issues, and how right to work would harm your families, the easier our work became to win the battle.”
Casey Padilla - President
Ken Long - Exec. Vice-President
Maxine Velasquez - Treasurer
State Vice-President - Tony Garcia
State Exec. Board Members - Mark Flournoy, Adam Chavarria, Tony Barajas
Local Gov’t & Private Sector Vice President - Benito Lujan
Local Gov’t & Private Sector Exec. Board Members - Roberta “Bobbi” Larez, Mike Dorin, Ben Chavez
Higher Education Vice President - Yvonne Mendoza
Trustees - Jerry Vargas, Tirzio J. Lopez “T-Lo”, Celesty Tsosie
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