AFSCME Council 18

Legislation & Politics

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!

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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!



Please step up and be ready for action by signing up HERE. We must be prepared and vocal in our support for legislators support us, like Leader Michael Sanchez, who always advocates for public employees and services we provide.
 
 
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.
 
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1 WEEK until NM PRIMARY


RSVP: early vote in ABQ tomorrow with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham,

RSVP: for Thursday Las Cruces RALLY with President Bill Clinton on Thursday.    

There are opportunities to help in everything from the presidential race to state legislative races to the PRC.  *see below or click here for details and to RSVP.

Please volunteer, and please email carterbundy@yahoo.com and joshandersonnm@yahoo.com to let us know you were out there fighting for our jobs and our future.  And wear AFSCME green out there.  Thanks!

ALBUQUERQUE
Early Vote Rally with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Date:  Wednesday June 1
Time/event:  11 a.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building

Labor for Hillary with AFT President Randi Weingarten

Date:  Thursday June 2
Time/event: 5:30 p.m. phone bank
Location: 6909 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM

Christine Trujillo - State House District 25

Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location: 1923 Madeira Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM

Adrian Pedroza - Bernalillo County Commission District 2

Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location: 1593 Cierro Vista SW

Date:  Sunday June 5
Time/event:  3 p.m. canvass
Location: 1593 Cierro Vista SW, Albuquerque, NM

Karen Montoya - Public Regulation Commission District 1

Date:  Saturday June 1
Time/event:  10 a.m. Canvass
Location:  1305 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM

LAS CRUCES

President Bill Clinton Rally

Date:  Thursday June 2
Time/event: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Picacho Middle School, Las Cruces, NM

CLICK to RSVP for RALLY

Angelica Rubio - State House District 35

Date:  Friday June 3
Time/event:  6pm Canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  9 a.m. canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Sunday June 5
Time/event:  10:00 a.m. canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Monday June 6
Time/event:  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. canvass/lit drop
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Please contact Connie @ 575-496-5124 before coming over so she can have packets ready!

Bill Gomez - State House District 34

Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  10:00 a.m. canvass
Location: 400 Dawson Rd, La Mesa, NM

Date:  Sunday June 5
Time/event:  1:00 p.m. canvass
Location: 400 Dawson Rd, La Mesa, NM

Jeff Steinborn - State Senate District 36

Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  10:00 a.m. canvass
Location: Across street from AFSCME Hall, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Sunday June 5
Time/event:  1:00 p.m. canvass
Location: Across street from AFSCME Hall, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Monday June 6
Time/event:  4:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. lit drop
Location: Across street from AFSCME Hall, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Tuesday June 7
Time/event:  7:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. lit drop
Location: Across street from AFSCME Hall, Las Cruces, NM

Please contact Monica @ 575-635-0324 if you can make it


SANTA FE

Hillary for New Mexico
Date:  Saturday June 4
Time/event:  9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. phone bank/canvass
Location: 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM (Center for Progress and Justice)

Date:  Sunday June 5
Time/event:  11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. phone bank/canvass
Location: 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM (Center for Progress and Justice)

Date:  Monday June 6
Time/event:  9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. phone bank/canvass
Location: 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM (Center for Progress and Justice)

Date:  Tuesday June 7
Time/event:  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. phone bank/canvass
Location: 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM (Center for Progress and Justice)

If you're interested in hearing MORE about special political events and volunteer opportunities that help to create more power for your Local, your community and your family, please CLICK HERE!

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.  

Please volunteer for at least one shift this weekend, and please email carterbundy@yahoo.com and joshandersonnm@yahoo.com to let us know you were out there fighting for our jobs and our future.  

And wear AFSCME green out there.  Thanks!

ALBUQUERQUE

Hillary for New Mexico
Date: Friday, May 20
Time/event: 5 - 8 PM Phone Bank
Location: 6909 Menaul NE
 
Adrian Pedroza - Bernalillo County Commission District 2
Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location: 1595 Cerro Vista SW

Roman Montoya - Bernalillo County Clerk
Date: Saturday May 21
Time/event: 10 a.m. Canvass
Location: Camino Floretta NW, Albuquerque, NM

Karen Montoya - Public Regulation Commission District 1
Date:  Saturday May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. Canvass
Location:  1305 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM

 

LAS CRUCES

 
Angelica Rubio - State House District 35

Date:  Thursday May 19
Time/event:  6pm Canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Date:  Saturday May 21
Time/event:  10:30 a.m. canvass
Location: 600 West Mountain Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Please contact Connie @ 575-496-5124 before coming over so she can have packets ready!

 

SANTA FE

Hillary for New Mexico
Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  10 a.m. canvass
Location:  Center for Progress and Justice at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. (across from Indian School)

Date:  Sunday, May 22
Time/event:  2 p.m. canvass
Location:  Center for Progress and Justice at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. (across from Indian School)

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
and
former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Date:  Saturday, May 21
Time/event:  2 p.m. Early Vote Rally for Hillary for New Mexico
Location:  Rodeo Fairgrounds

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.”

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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

Sisters and Bothers,

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.


Remember, Saturday we Rally and Lobby the Legislature to protect #OurJobs! Click the Pic to RSVP

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....

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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

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