In some districts, the election can come down to a handful of votes. You have the power to make sure our UNION VOTE MATTERS!
AFSCME members and retirees can make $12/hour volunteering to help elect pro-worker state legislators, a secretary of state, and president.
AFSCME members have the VOTE power needed to shift the NM House of Representatives back into the hands of working family friendly candidates. We all know what that can translate into: properly funded public services, fair raises, protected retirement, safe staffing levels, an education system that works for New Mexicans, and the end to Governor Martinez's free-pass to mismanage our taxpayer dollars.
Everyone is coming out to vote in this election, but we can't win without your help!
AFSCME Never Quits, and our VOICES count! ***Prepare for ACTION**We must stand against CUTS, furloughs, or layoffs during Special Session.
AFSCME expects Governor Martinez will continue to hide from her failed policies during the special session to address $200 million budget shortfall. (see Senate Press Release below)
AFSCME knows that Governor Martinez will want everything on the table as far as cuts go, and she'll fight against fair taxes for the very rich or ending harmful tax loopholes for wealthy out-of-state corporations.
We know this could mean a battle against CUTS, Furloughs, or Layoffs. CLICK HERE to join our political action team. AFSCME will be ready to protect our careers and that means YOUR VOICE!
Governor Martinez's failed policies of cutting taxes for the very rich and out of state corporations and not investing in vital public services has driven our state budget off a cliff. Our State University system is weathering severe cuts. Vital services such has behavioral health and medicaid are being starved out. Public safety is being left behind and threatens to make our state less safe. People struggling with poverty have been systematically oppressed as the Martinez administration conspired to rob them of their food assistance.
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.
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.”
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
The 2016 legislative session has finally reached the mid-point and it looks like House Appropriations and Finance has finally pieced together the FY ’17 budget, which passed committee yesterday and will make its way to the House Floor for debate and consideration.
As many of you recall budget estimates reached roughly $280 million in new dollars last fall, but because of the swift decline in oil and gas prices those estimates took a significant hit and estimates now sit at $30 million in new money.
Senate Finance Committee members need to hear from AFSCME members NOW! see below for phone numbers
The FY ’17 budget does not include an across the board raise for state and higher education employees, but it does include about $5.7 million dollars for the Department of Corrections to address low compensation and high vacancy rates.
Even though we are extremely excited about the priority in this budget to address the serious issue with regard to low pay and high vacancies in the Department of Corrections, this budget does not address many of the same needs in other state agencies.
Instead of investing the resources needed to address....
Senator Mark Moores (R) Albuquerque, introduces so-called right to work legislation (SB 269)
Sisters and Brothers,
Last year, the republican controlled House of Representatives, with the support of Governor Martinez, tried to pass this anti-worker piece of legislation without success.
Middle class workers from around the state made their voices heard and this year will be no different, we will need each and everyone of you to make calls, SIGN this petition, send emails, and tell your personal stories about how this is bad for you, your family, and all workers.
The first stop for this terrible piece of legislation is Senate Public Affairs Committee. Last year, we were able to stop this bill with the support of strong pro-worker senators.
Please call and thank the following senators that stood strong with all of you last year and ask for their support once again. VOTE NO on SB 269, so-called right to work.
Chair - Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D) Albuquerque
505 986 4482
Vice Chair - Senator Bill O’Neill (D) Albuquerque?
505 986 4260
Senator Jacob Candelaria (D) Albuquerque
505 986 4396
Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D) Albuquerque?
505 986 4270
Senator Mimi Stewart (D) Albuquerque?
505 986 4856