AFSCME Council 18


It is right that Bernalillo County Republican Committee Executive Director Steve Kush lose his job for calling a labor advocate, 'A Radical B*tch' and worse during an April 23 Bernalillo County Commission meeting.

Women are fed up with hearing these ugly comments only to see their cohorts and the media offer a slap on the hand, and dismiss their tirades as social media slip ups.

Historically, even before the phrase ‘glass ceiling’ was coined, Union women like ourselves fought hard to push against it. We’ve never enjoyed the luxury of speaking irresponsibly and with a cavalier attitude toward our male counterparts as we were working twice as hard for half the wages and are still fighting for equal pay. Judging eyes of the world are always upon professional women and our daughters carefully watching as we blaze trails.

Days like these are hard to weather, reflecting on how far we have come as women and as a society only to realize that many haven’t evolved in their thinking and continue to define us within the restricting confines of antiquated gender stereotypes.

It is no excuse that the comments came via Twitter, or Facebook, nor that they had a bad day, or were exhausted and “did a stupid thing.” Mr Kush could not “cross the line” by publicly airing his miscreant rants, because sadly, like many others, his mind already lives there.

These leaders of the GOP should have to stand before their mothers and lay themselves bare.

Barbara Pardo, President
AFSCME Council 18 Retirees

Connie Derr, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 18

Cathy Townes, President and Chair
AFSCME Local 477, & AFSCME 18 Women’s Committee

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     Did you know every seven minutes a woman is diagnosed with gynecologic cancer That's 88,000 mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters in 2012 alone

     Thanks to early detection and prevention, five-year survival rates in New Mexico for cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers is approaching 72 percent.

Pledge Form and Walk Flyer 

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Come celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 at AFT New Mexico! For more information please click the link above.

The added benefit of a walk on a gorgeous crisp fall morning along the Bosque trail in Albuquerque's north valley was knowing that the AFSCME Council 18's Women's Committee had just raised over $1,000 for the fight against women’s cancers. Read more >>>

AFSCME's "Women Empowering Women Conference"

AFSCME's "Women Empowering Women" conference was held on October 8 at the Convention Center in Santa Fe. The conference, which featured several workshops as well as a long list of prominent speakers, was a great success and we're already looking forward to the next one! For more information, or to find out how you can get involved in the AFSCME Women's Committee, please contact us at 1-800-423-0770.

Eighty-fourth in the world: that's where the United States ranks for women in elected office, behind Mexico, China and Pakistan. In fact, women make up just 17% of the U.S. Congress.

New Mexico ranks in the top 15 for state legislatures, with a ranking of 12th in the nation in terms of women in elected office. However, currently, New Mexico has no women in its Congressional delegation.

A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office - they don't think they are experienced enough or they just don't know where to start.

Emerge New Mexico is changing that!

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Please click the link above to check out our new AFSCME Council 18 Women's Committee Flyer!

By joining the Council 18 Women's Committee, you have the opportunity to meet and work with public employees across the state who are dedicated to ensuring that New Mexico will always be a place where women and working families get the voice and respect we deserve. Please click the link above to find out how you can get involved today!

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