|AFSCME Council 18|
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.
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
Members of Bargaining Teams BELOW: Casey Padilla, Gary Allen, Carlos Turrietta, Deb Rainaldi, Kim Ritchey, Michael Dorin, Tomas Romero (L to R) holding a photograph of members in front of Bernalillo County District Court on the date Judge Malott ordered the city into contract mediation with the AFSCME Locals on October 17, 2014
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