AFSCME Council 18

NM Supreme Court To Make Historic Ruling

 Berry Administration Seeks Right to Decimate Collective Bargaining Rights For AFSCME Council 18 Founding Local

AFSCME members are encouraged to attend this Supreme Court Hearing on August 12, 2013.
Court begins at 9:00 a.m. (Arrive by 8 ensure you get a seat)

On one hand, Berry administration officials want to ensure that there will be NO evergreen clause in our contracts to protect employee rights when contracts expire and negotiations go long. On the other hand, the administration also fights against any push towards impasse arbitration where an impartial third party could rule on contract negotiation issues when two side struggle to reach agreement.

It's a perfect storm, putting Albuquerque's Public Servants between a rock and hard place. The Mayor seeks to extinguish fair and equitable collective bargaining by unilaterally imposing his version of the contract without any recourse from the union.

"The result of this case will ripple out and effect public employees across New Mexico and the Nation. As Public Employees, we don't have the right to strike. The Evergreen Clause and Final Binding Arbitration are powerful tools for our union that balance the power between Labor and Management. Without them, Berry will reopen a dark chapter in the fight for workers' rights," said Casey Padilla, President Local 624.

Oral Arguments on the Evergreen issue are set for Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Supreme Court in Santa Fe. Please attend to hear AFSCME's arguments protecting Albuquerque City Employee rights and Mayor Berry's argument to 'race for the bottom' in wages, terms and conditions of employment.

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