AFSCME Council 18


In this update:

  • Bernalillo County Supervisors Join AFSCME!
  • San Miguel County Lieutenants Voting NOW to Join AFSCME!  
  • State Corrections "Officers' Voice has Impact!"
  • Proposed State Furloughs Strengthens AFSCME Power!


Bernalillo County Blue-Collar Supervisors Go Green!

On May 5, Bernalillo County blue-collar supervisors were officially certified as the latest AFSCME Council 18 local union! The Bernalillo County Labor Board unanimously approved recognition of the unit after an agreement was reached between the county and AFSCME Council 18 for the 24 supervisors.

San Miguel County Detention Lieutenants Voting NOW to Join AFSCME!

Following a majority of union cards being signed and submitted to the New Mexico Labor Relations Board, a mail ballot election is currently underway to determine if San Miguel County Detention Center Lieutenants wish to join AFSCME.   If the majority of the lieutenants vote "YES!", they will join their fellow Detention Center employees in AFSCME Local 3103.

Shift Issue Engages Statewide Corrections Officers in Local 3422 Facilities, Building Membership

Close to 500 Department of Corrections officers participated in a vote at their respective state prison facility on a heated workplace issue: hours of work. The DOC had proposed a plan to move all security staff to the 12 hour work day schedule (four days on, three days off), but it was not well-received at all facilities. The DOC agreed to abide by the vote of the membership.

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In this update:

  • Multiple County Commissions Pass Proclamations Honoring Public Safety
  • AFSCME Council 18 debuts testimonial film, "Dignity and Dedication to Public Safety Careers"
  • New Mexico Legislature Passes "Corrections and Detention Officer Day" at Capitol

In One Voice: AFSCME Members Fight for the Dignity of Public Safety Careers

America is as strong as it is today because of what unions did in the past and what we continue to do today. There is much work ahead in the fight to improve lives of working Americans. We are at seriously at a dangerous precipice. If AFSCME or any unions buckle one bit, our society goes downhill fast.  
- Connie Der, AFSCME International VP & Council 18 Executive Director

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and National Police Officers Week are perfect opportunities for Elected Leaders to reckon with the tough work being done by AFSCME public safety officers.

Doña Ana County Commissioners will vote on a proclamation honoring National Correctional Officers and Employees Week at their May, 9 2017 meeting beginning at 10am. Read the proclamation below.

AFSCME thanks these County Commissions for taking action, recognizing the vital work of our public safety operations and honoring our collective bargaining rights: Santa Fe, Grant, Sandoval, San Miguel, Taos, Valencia, Rio Arriba, and Luna Counties.

These counties have, or will, officially recognize the work of AFSCME Corrections, Detention, and Law Enforcement Officers with proclamations this May.

Officers are encouraged to attend commission meetings or call and thank their county commissioners for remaining vigilant and supporting the collective bargaining rights of public safety officers. FIND MY COUNTY COMMISSIONER or call 505-350-2200.




May 7-13, 2017

WHEREAS, public safety is a primary function of County government and responsible detention of persons arrested for unlawful activities is an integral aspect of our criminal-justice system; and

WHEREAS, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week is an annual commemoration held during the first full week in May to recognize correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons and community corrections throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan established the first “National Correctional Officers” week in 1984, noting the ever-expanding multidisciplinary responsibilities of correctional officers; and

WHEREAS, Congress changed the name to “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week,” in 1996 in order to recognize the crucial work done by civilian corrections employees and volunteers; and

WHEREAS, corrections officers, employees and volunteers at the Dona Ana County Detention Center must ensure that all individuals held in detention are treated in a humane and respectful manner in accordance with their civil rights, their need for medical and psychological services, and their access to programs that will support their return to community life; and

WHEREAS, staff at the Dona Ana County Detention Center are often called upon to carry out multiple roles simultaneously and in a professional manner while working in stressful and sometimes dangerous conditions; and

WHEREAS, it is the distinct pleasure and privilege of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners to bestow Proclamations, and all residents of Doña Ana County are represented by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, and therefore speak with a united voice through the actions and deeds of this Board,

NOW THEREFORE, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners does hereby proclaim

May 7 - 13, 2017 to be National Correctional Officers And Employees Week in Doña Ana County

PROUDLY PROCLAIMED this ____ day of ________

Legislators in both the House and Senate passed Memorials during the legislative session declaring February 23, 2017 as "Correctional Officer and Detention Officer Day."

Our allies on the legislature coordinated the memorial's passage to be on the same day as AFSCME Council 18's Eighth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast, in Santa Fe. Our members were recognized and guests on both the Senate and House floors during the reading.

Read the memorials here: Senate Memorial 89 and House Memorial 69

Thanks for reading, "Solidarity is how we win!"

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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