AFSCME Council 18

Public Safety

In this update:

  • KRQE's Larry Barker Blows Lid off NMCD's Staffing Shortages
  • 2017 AFSCME Public Safety Blue Breakfast is Strongest Gathering Yet
  • New Mexico Legislature Passes "Corrections and Detention Officer Day at Capitol
  • San Miguel County Detention Center Lieutenants Fight to Join AFSCME

 


Larry Barker Interviews AFSCME Members: Exposes Dangerous Vacancy Levels at NMCD Facilities

 

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KRQE's Larry Barker showed up for the 8th Annual AFSCME Public Safety Blue Breakfast and spoke with AFSCME Corrections Officers about the dangerous conditions they face everyday


For years, it has been a central focus of AFSCME Council 18 to pressure Governor Martinez's administration to address unsafe vacancy levels inside our state prisons. Working with our legislative allies, we succeeded in raising the pay for the newer recruits in July 2016, but the experienced career officers continue to be underpaid and overworked. This has led to high turnover and continuous high vacancy levels.

On March 20, KRQE aired a "Larry Barker Investigates" piece on the crisis at the state prisons. The public airing on Governor Martinez's neglect of the system puts more pressure on her administration to find solutions.


The Heart Behind the Badge

2017 AFSCME Public Safety Blue Breakfast is Biggest and Best Yet

Around 100 AFSCME members from across New Mexico attended AFSCME Council 18's Eighth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast in Santa Fe, at Garrett's Desert Inn, on February 23, 2017.



Opening Ceremony at AFSCME Council 18's 2017 Public Safety Blue Breakfast. CLICK HERE to see photos from this year's event

AFSCME corrections and detention officers, emergency medical professionals, security officers, police officers, sheriff's deputies, 911 dispatchers, and probation and parole officers met to celebrate their rewarding and difficult careers, learn from one another's experiences, hear the latest information on AFSCME's battles for safety, and take political action on issues affecting public safety jobs.



"We gather here every year to build power and demand a higher level of respect for public safety careers from our Governors and legislators," said Connie Derr, Council 18 Executive Director (pictured). "Life has been tough under the Martinez administration, as well as numerous anti-worker counties throughout the state. We will continuing to organize new members into our union and deliver strong representation. If we are to keep New Mexico communities, families, and ourselves safe, then we have no other choice but to keep up the struggle."

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8th Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast
Save The Date
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The 8th annual AFSCME New Mexico Public Safety Blue Breakfast and Lobby Day brings together our brothers and sisters from public safety to share, hear from one another and national experts on our career issues, and take action at the legislature to improve our careers.

This year's theme, "The Heart Behind the Shield"


Call Garrett's Desert Inn to reserve rooms using the AFSCME Blue Breakfast block: 505-982-1851

New Mexico may continue to lose experienced Correctional Officers because of the State Personnel Office’s (SPO) flawed implementation of the Corrections department compensation overhaul plan.
 
The Corrections Department deserves a hearty pat on the back for accomplishing the miracle of improving pay for new recruits and more recent hires during a disastrous budget year. Retaining those newer hires must be a top priority for healing NM Corrections.

However, if security is the number one priority, then SPO has failed in part to abide by the intent of language in the state budget by not also raising the pay of New Mexico’s dedicated career correctional officers.
 
Specifically looking at page 10 of the 3/31/16 Corrections Occupational Pay Line, the plan identifies a cost of $3.5 million to bring 557 Corrections Officers up to the new minimum pay of 34K/yr.




 
$400K has been allocated to improve salaries for higher level management. AFSCME members are....
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AFSCME New Mexico Public Safety members helped to produce this documentary about the true spirit of law enforcement in America.


 

Local 601 President Adam Keck and Local 923 President Sammy Marquez assisted in production for the New Mexico filming, recruited community members to appear in the filming, and appear in the final production.


Proud To Protect and Serve

AFSCME Law Enforcement Documentary

AFSCME Council 18 is glad to share this film with you today in honor of National Police Week, and in memory of dedicated Peace Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15th.



In Unity


 

     

In this update:

  • Luna County Public Safety Employees ORGANIZING with AFSCME; County violates workers’ rights
  • AFSCME members fight for competitive pay funding during Legislative Session
  • AFSCME fights and wins for New Mexico's corrections, detention, and law enforcement officers to continue PERA accrual credit when injured on job (HB43)
  • Belen Police Officers’ Union Local 601 engages with city leaders, Chief resigns
  • Doña Ana County Detention Officers’ Union Local 1529 adopt Legal Defense Plan


Luna County Public Safety Employees Want to Join AFSCME!

Luna County public safety employees are organizing with AFSCME! Elections will be conducted by the New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board in the very near future. Unfortunately, in response to the employees’ effort to have a voice in the workplace, the county is wasting tax-payer dollars to hire help to fight the workers. But, the anti-worker tactics by Luna County administration is having the opposite effect. The employees, who protect the citizens’ of the county day in and day out, are not  caving in to the threatening tactics and are standing tall.  Keep an eye on the www.afscme18.org  website for updates and what you can do to help.


NMCD: TAKING ACTION Makes the Difference in Disastrous Budget Year

Help is on the way for public safety officers with the NM Corrections and CYFD. On February, 29 2016 the Governor signed the budget containing raises for some of our state's most difficult to recruit and retain jobs, including corrections officers and child welfare inspectors.

A sliding scale wage increase is expected in July.

Beginning with the 7th annual Blue Breakfast and Lobby Day on January 21, and continuing with the 1st Annual Red & Green Lobby Day on February (which brought the two powerful unions of AFSCME and CWA together for one strong voice), and lobbying efforts through the end of the legislative session,  AFSCME public safety members made their voices heard this legislative session! READ MORE....

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New Mexico's State Corrections system is teetering on the edge of crisis. Corrections employees need decisive action NOW from the Governor and Legislature to foster a safer, well-run system. It's mission critical for our state government.

To: Governor Martinez Administration and NM Legislature

Corrections Officers have one of the toughest jobs out there, and scientific studies back up that fact.

New Mexico's State Corrections system is teetering on the edge of crisis. Corrections employees need decisive action NOW from the Governor and Legislature to foster a safer, well-run system. It's mission critical for our state government.

The NM Corrections system currently languishes under severe vacancy levels, with several facilities operating with 40% vacancy rates. A result, Corrections Officers are working maximum level (72) hours of mandatory overtime, weekly, at some facilities. This work schedule prevents officers from having adequate time for recovery, self care, or their families.

Resulting fatigue, stress, and break-down of well-being, commonly referred to as “corrections fatigue” is a major factor increasing the dangers of accidents or incidents at work.

NM Corrections Officer pay remains uncompetitive and below the median income level for corrections officers (nationally and regionally). Low pay is a major factor preventing the department from recruiting and retaining men and women into the career. The domino effects created by heavy workloads and high vacancies are undermining the department’s mission.

Through its Labor Management Committee, the New Mexico Corrections Department and AFSCME have recognize all these life and death realities and agreed that addressing them need to be an urgent priority.

AFSCME strongly calls upon Governor Martinez, her administration, and the NM Legislature to tackle the issue of corrections fatigue by working with the union, and one another to develop and implement concrete strategies and solutions addressing the crisis.

  

  Save New Mexico Corrections by Miles Dylan Conway

 

On January 11, AFSCME public safety members turned out for Council 18's Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast & Lobby Day, in Santa Fe. 80+ members participated in the outstanding program of topical issues by recognized public safety leaders, sharing peer-to-peer information, and lobbying our NM legislature. This year marked the largest ever member turnout.

Chaplin José Villegas, Sr., who opened the event with an Invocation that connected faith with the dangerous jobs of our members, was a perfect fit. Chaplin Villegas is the named chaplain for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, City of Santa Fe police and fire departments, and the regional offices of the FBI. He has served as a corrections officer, law enforcement officer, and 911 dispatcher.

The two co-chairs of AFSCME Council 18’s Public Safety Steering Committee, Sammy Marquez, president, Espanola Police Officers’ Union Local 923, and Daniel Dore, executive board member, Metropolitan Detention Center Corrections Officers’ Union Local 2499, shared emceeing duties.

(pictured L toR: Sammy Marquez, Chaplain Villegas, Sr., Daniel Dore) 

The first roundtable discussion focused on victories, opportunities and challenges. The victories reported out were a much longer list and included membership involvement, positive relationship with administration and/or elected officials, overturned unjust disciplines, implementing longevity pay, long-overdue pay increases/winning wage theft grievances, safety upgrades, improved contract language, more trained stewards and facility bids. 

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Call the hall at 505-266-2505

President Saunders Fires-Up Members

On September 11, 12 and 13, more than 400 public safety workers and first responders from across the country gathered in Albuquerque for the 2015 AFSCME Public Safety Congress, a biennial event. Public safety union members came to the Land of Enchantment from as far west as Hawaii and Alaska, and as far east as Puerto Rico to network, attend workshops and hear from national union leaders.

The weekend event began with a press conference on Friday, with rank and file public safety workers voicing AFSCME's opposition to the push by extreme-right politicians who advocate for "right-to-work-is-wrong" laws, and the U.S. Supreme Court of Freidrichs vs California Teachers Association, which would silence workers’ voices in their fight to ensure safe staffing levels, quick response times, functioning equipment and other aspects necessary to do the work demanded of public safety personnel. The press conference was emceed by Corrections Officer Daniel Dore of the Metropolitan Detention Center AFSCME Local 2499 and included Grant County Deputy Sheriff Manny Maldonado of AFSCME Local 2516, APD Fire Lieutenant Emily Kane.

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For immediate Release
Contact Miles Conway
505-455-2853

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Members rallied nearby the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (CNMCF) in Los Lunas this Tuesday. At dawn, correctional officers (COs) began an informational picket where they waved signs, distributed flyers, and spoke with those who pulled over about the mounting crisis of public safety happening in their own back yard.

AFSCME launched an online petition letter on the eve of the picket which asks Governor Martinez and Legislators to sit down, create and implement concrete strategies to turn the tide on high vacancy levels at all New Mexico public correctional facilities. By noon, the letter had received 400 petition signatures from Officers, their families and friends.

Full text of the letter is online at AFSCME18.org

Around 27 corrections officers held the corners of highway 314 and Morris road in rolling shifts for eight hours, part of a strategy to draw attention to 40% vacancy rates among corrections officers, the resulting 72 hour mandatory work week, and the devastating effects that come along with it.

Fatigue, stress, and break-down of well-being, commonly referred to as “corrections fatigue” is a major factor increasing the dangers of accidents or incidents at work. Signs said, “We’re Not Safer - Neither are You” and “Honk to support correctional officers for safer working conditions.”

Officers are both helper and disciplinarian to the needs of 1,100 inmates right in the heart of the riverside community. The population includes 400 mixed level inmates, who are held among the general prison population before going through a threat assessment, after which they may be moved to appropriate security-level facilities.

“People forget that the State of New Mexico’s largest prison is tucked back in this neighborhood,” said Sergeant Robert Darnell, an officer and local chapter president for CNMCF. “We need to build staffing levels so that the officers, the inmates, and the public are safe. The 72 hour work week must end. It is preventing officers from having adequate time for recovery, self care, or their families. It undermines our mission.”

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SAVE New Mexico Corrections!

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New Mexico's State Corrections system is teetering on the edge of crisis. Corrections employees need decisive action NOW from the Governor and Legislature to foster a safer, well-run system. It's mission critical for our state government.

Please sign a letter in support of the men and women who dedicate themselves to one of our country's toughest careers.

Corrections Officers have one of the toughest jobs out there, and scientific studies back up that fact.

The NM Corrections system currently languishes under severe vacancy levels, with several facilities operating with 40% vacancy rates. A result, Corrections Officers are working maximum level (72) hours of mandatory overtime, weekly, at some facilities. This work schedule prevents officers from having adequate time for recovery, self care, or their families.

Resulting fatigue, stress, and break-down of well-being, commonly referred to as “corrections fatigue” is a major factor increasing the dangers of accidents or incidents at work.  Please CLICK to sign the letter now



SAVE THE DATE!

AFSCME’s national Public Safety Congress is being held in Albuquerque on September 11, 12 and 13! AFSCME-represented corrections, sworn law enforcement, EMTs, Paramedics and firefighters will gather to address issues that affect our profession, meet sisters and brothers from around the country, and get the tools we need to fight back against threats to our vital work.

The Congress will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque from September 11-13, 2015. The meeting begins Friday afternoon, followed by an evening reception. The agenda features an excellent lineup of plenary sessions, guest speakers and educational workshops. The Congress adjourns on September 13 at 1:00pm.

Let’s make sure that Council 18 has a strong presence!!

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Join AFSCME Public Safety brothers and sisters from across New Mexico on Wednesday, February 5th at the fifth annual “Public Safety Blue Breakfast.”

Where: Santa Fe Inn of the Governors
When: Tues, Feb 5, 7:30-2:00

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At this event we will talk about building power for AFSCME public safety in New Mexico. We’ll hear from our leaders in the public safety field, and recognize some outstanding achievements of our own here in New Mexico and nationwide

Then we will meet with state lawmakers to promote legislation making New Mexico safer and bettering our careers.

Members, wear your uniforms so our elected officials see the many roles and faces of AFSCME members.

RSVP for event & call for lodging details
Council 18 at (505) 266-2505 or (800) 423-0770

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On January 31 2013 AFSCME Public Safety came together from across New Mexico for the Fourth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast.

After Hearing from leaders in the fields of public safety, members took to the Roundhouse to speak with their elected representatives and senators and ask them to support public safety and ALL public employess by protecting our pension system, giving NM Public Employees a RAISE, and legislating to address high vacancies and low morale in state government.


Public Safety Officers heard from Connie Derr, AFSCME 18 Exec.Director; AFSCME Labor Economist Shane Youtz; AFSCME 18 Chief Counsel; Keynote Speaker Steve Marshall, Federal Bureau of Investigations Chief Division Council / Special Agent; Stephen Perkins, AFSCME Council 18 Board President, Carter Bundy, NM Political Director, and many more active AFSCME leaders from across the state.


Photos from the Blue Breakfast
https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A95qXGF1EJMm0

 

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New Mexico Corrections Lieutenants have a union! 

Council 18 welcomes New Mexico Corrections Department Lieutenants to the AFSCME family. Lieutenants join over 1,500 AFSCME Public Safety Union Members in New Mexico, bargaining collectively over wages, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment. 

In a January 23rd 2013 signed order, the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, adopted hearing officer Thomas Griego's findings of fact and conclusions of law refuting New Mexico Corrections Department's arguement that Lieutenants were supervisors and ineligible for coverage under the state's public employee bargaining act. 

From the order -

"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Lieutenants employed by the Department do not meet the statutory definition of supervisors under PEBA, and are therefore not excluded from PEBA's coverage. Furthermore, the Union has shown at least 30% interest among the Lieutenants for representation. Accordingly, the Lieutenants may be appropriately accreted into the existing barganing unit and the Union's Petition shall be and is hereby GRANTED."

 

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CLICK Here for Event Flyer (pdf)

        Join AFSCME Public Safety brothers and sisters from across New Mexico Thursday, January 31st at the Fourth Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast.
        At this event, we will strategize about building AFSCME Public Safety Power in New Mexico. We’ll hear from experts in the public safety field, and recognize some outstanding achievements of our own AFSCME Union leaders in New Mexico and nationwide
        Then we will meet with state law makers to promote legislation making New Mexico Safer and our careers better.

RSVP: Council 18 at (505) 266-2505 or 1-800-423-0770

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AFSCME Council 18's 3rd Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast

Thanks to all those who came out to 3rd Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast!!

 

AFSCME Council 18 will be holding its 3rd Annual Public Safety Members' Blue Breakfast on January 24, 2012. Please click the link to find out more. Read more >>>

On November 27, an arbitrator ordered the Department of Corrections to reinstate Local 3422 President Lee Ortega!   Read more >>>

Local 2499's Peter Koeppe Featured in Public Safety Video

Local 2499's Peter Koeppe was recently featured in the AFSCME International's video from the 2011 Public Safety Congress in Houston.

Please click the link above to check out our new AFSCME Council 18 Public Safety Flyer!

AFSCME public safety is part of AFSCME, a powerful labor union with 1.6 million members nationwide. We represent more than 125,000 public safety personnel, including corrections officers, police, sheriff deputies, court security and parole and probations workers in hundreds of jurisdictions across the country. We fight for critical law enforcement issues, such as increased safety and training, better staffing ratios, and improved benefits for widows and widowers of members killed in the line of duty. We're also leading the fight against the privatization of our nation's prisons. 

AFSCME has a proven track record of accomplishments at the federal, state and local levels, and at the bargaining table. We have won collective bargaining rights for public safety officers across the country.

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