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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Thousands of state workers have said the state still owes them back pay -- as much as $50 million worth.
When the economy tanked in 2008, state salaries of more than 10,000 people were frozen and stayed that way for years. Those workers said they were promised that money and had the contracts to back up that sentiment.
Those workers fought the state in court, and won.
But they still haven’t seen any of the cash.
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Problems at CYFD are Nowhere Near as Simple
CYFD and HSD workers deal with some of the worst things society has to offer. Call after call, you may see children and adults who are living in very poor conditions, parents who are unable to provide affection and care for those children, drugs tearing families apart, children who have been hurt so badly that they will contend with lifelong emotional issues.
Deaths, shakings, abandonment, broken families, children crying, you name it, CYFD Investigators and support staff are facing it on a daily basis.
Lack of Appropriate Training
CYFD workers have their education, some social work experience, and then about 2-3 months of training. Most CYFD Investigators receive assignments before training has ended. The training itself covers little of the reality faced. Most workers come in with minimal real-world interviewing skills.
Children are not easy to interview. Neither are adults, especially when...Read more >>>
Pay Plan Update 3/4/2014
Will it Be March? Maybe.
When will we get our back raises and retroactive pay? That is the question on everyone’s mind. Until recently, when retirees or former state employees called the State Personnel Office to ask about a time frame for pay back, SPO was giving out the cell phone number for AFSCME Communications.
Nothing would please AFSCME more than to have those answers.
Time is Flying By Governor!
On our last update, we reported that the ball was in AFSCME’s court, as Mike Messina, our Int'l Labor Economist, dissected the state’s math formula to see if all the right people were going to receive the correct amount of money.
Messina found some errors. After talking through the changes with staff of SPO and NM Department of Information Technology, the state has rewritten the computer code to correct the errors.
The State Pay-Pan Team will now retest the revised code, requiring several phases. Anyone familiar with the SHARE system won’t be surprised to hear that several glitches were encountered during the first round of testing.
AFSCME was told last in early February that additional staff have been assigned to work on the pay plan and that testing would be complete within a few weeks. As of 3/4/14, AFSCME has received no word from the pay-plan team
The ball is in the state’s court. As reported in the previous update....
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At the recent Auto Workers’ legislative conference in DC, the Vice President said unions are the only gate-keepers protecting workers’ voices on the job. Read more >>>
AFSCME Member Back on the Job After Huge Arbitration Victory
“Every Officer believed in Jocelyn, we were outraged when she was fired. Everyone who walks into the Bernalillo County Court Building is safer because she is back at her post!” said Local 1661 President, and Court Security Officer Richard Sawin.
Trained in 2008 with the Albuquerque Police Department, Hotle worked as an officer at APD before joining the Bernalillo County Court Security (CSS) in 2011. In testimony, Hotle was recognized for being a well regarded, solid CSS, who was valued in the position because of her people skills and ability to de-escalate emotional or confrontational situations.
Trouble beganRead more >>>
A few minutes ago the House Appropriations and Finance Committee voted 11-6 to table the last surviving double dipping bill on the House side this session. Your calls and emails made a big difference in protecting our pension plans from upper management raiding PERA for their own gain.
Meanwhile, yesterday the Senate voted on almost a pure party line vote to allow New Mexican voters to decide whether we should raise the minimum wage and to protect the minimum wage in the constitution (Senate Joint Resolution 13). Only Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Deming) joined the Republicans in opposing the minimum wage, so your calls to Sen. Papen, Sen. Munoz, and Sen. Griego paid off.
This weekend's action is to call and email two representatives and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Joint Resolution 13:
Dona Irwin (D-Deming) 505-986-4234 email@example.com
Sandra Jeff (D-Crownpoint) 505-986-4243 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Real Miners of District 12 Invite YOU to Silver City, NM! 3/15/14
AFSCME, USW, NM Film Workers Unions and a host of other NM and AZ Labor & Civic Organizations Invite YOU to Grant County, NM on March 15th to participate in the Living History that is "Salt Of The Earth."
We will mark the 60th Anniversary of the benchmark movie "Salt of the Earth". In recognition of this important date we invite you to a series of events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which spawned film.
The film's plot centers on the long and difficult 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico.
The victorious Empire Zinc Strike brought about numerous positive changes for the Grant County Community. Beyond the equitable pay and treatment which Chicano Miners won through the strike, the Women who fought in the strike sparked advances in the movement for gender equality, area schools began hiring Hispanic teachers, a credit union helping miners was born, and the roots of justice were firmly established in Grant County.
Salt of the Earth was blacklisted for many years as being too inflammatory in exposing issues the Federal Government wanted suppressed.
3/15 Events Include: -Free public viewing of the film - Panel discussion with surviving activists / family members, - Organized labor representatives, public officials, and scholars. - Visual historical exhibit - Reception to honor the remaining pioneers and their families, - Opportunities to TAKE ACTION and support today's workers who continue to face issues of inequality at work. - Bus tour visiting the Empire Mine site, the current Santa Rita Pit overlook, and the numerous historic murals depicting the struggle located in Silver City and at the Steelworkers' Local 890 Union Hall in Bayard, NM.Read more >>>
Last month’s employment figures are in, and things don’t look good. Read more >>>
by Olivia Sandbothe
Low-wage workers in certain federally funded jobs will see a much-needed pay increase, thanks to President Obama.Read more >>>
Today, AFSCME members from all over New Mexico came to the Roundhouse to make our case: after years of sacrifice, hard-working public employees deserve a real raise!
We were joined in the Roundhouse Rotunda by State Senators Michael Padilla, Tim Keller, and Howie Morales as well as AFSCME's endorsed candidate for mayor of Santa Fe, Javier Gonzales.
Council 18 President Patrick Gutierrez and Executive Director Connie Derr gave rousing speeches.
Afterwards our members split into four packs to cover each and every one of the 112 legislators' offices in the Roundhouse and Annex, led by our lobby team of Patrick Gutierrez, Casey Padilla, Linda Garcia, Adam Chavarria, Barb Pardo, Eric Simon, and Benito Lujan (Mark Flournoy has also been doing great work on our lobby team but had to be out of the Roundhouse today).
The message was simple: when times were tough, we all took across-the-board cuts to balance the state budget. Now that we've had back-to-back years of major general fund revenue growth, it's time to start making up for some of those sacrifices. Governor Martinez has offered a ZERO percent across-the-board raise. Nothing. Legislators, many of whom are being told that any real raise will be vetoed, have only come forward with a 1.5% raise proposal. It's up to all of us to let them know that anything less than 3% just puts us further behind.Read more >>>
We knew it was coming, it's just hard to believe it when it actually happens. Gov. Martinez is moving full steam ahead with her plan to freeze state employee pay with 2 exceptions: a small number of job titles (mostly limited to only some public safety) and small increases to be given out on the basis of who political appointees like best.
THIS IS WRONG! When state and university employees were asked to sacrifice over the last five years to balance the budget, the cuts were across-the-board. When inflation goes up at about 2% per year, the cuts to real take home pay are across-the-board.
and GO DIRECT!
What: 30th Commemorative Martin Luther King, Jr., March/Parade
Please spread the word and invite your family and friends to celebrate and continue the legacy of peace and progressivism left by Martin Luther King, Jr.
January Town Halls: AFSCME Aims to ANSWER Questions: Back Pay, Union Contracts, and Impacts of the Legislative Session
AFSCME Aims to ANSWER Questions: Back Pay, Union Contracts, and Impacts of the Legislative Session
RUMORS. They can buoy or dash our hopes. Left unanswered, rumors and misinformation are tools that some in power count on to confuse and disenfranchise working people.
The FACTS can empower union members to take action and gain confidence. IF YOU WANT THE FACTS and the tools to understand where State Employees stand in the eyes of the Governor and our elected Legislators, then plan to attend one of the AFSCME / CWA Town Hall meetings in January.
First Town Halls are THIS Week!
We'll Inform, Discuss, and Plan Action on the following issues:
Wed 1/15, 6pm
Thurs 1/16, 6pm
Sat 1/18, 1pm
Wed 1/22, 6pm
Wed 1/22, 5:30pm
Wed 1/29, 6pm
Go direct to your Legislators with the Issues Affecting REAL New Mexicans!
AFSCME green shirts will dominate the Roundhouse on Tuesday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse. Be there to hear inspiring words from our legislative allies and make your voice heard as you and your sisters and brothers talk to legislators about the issues that are important to us!
Here is our Legislative Priority List:
THE FIGHT FOR FAIR RAISES
BACK PAY UPDATE
PROTECTING OUR PENSIONS
DEFENDING WORKER RIGHTS
MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL WORKERS
STATE EMPLOYEE MINIMUM WAGE
Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season with your families and are rested and ready to take on the challenges of 2014.
From governor to state legislators to city and county elections to federal races, there will be plenty on our plate this year. And that's to say nothing of the legislative battles we'll face at the Roundhouse and in city council and county commission chambers all over the state.
The first big races of the year will be our municipal races (other than Albuquerque, which just finished in November). AFSCME Local 3999's PEOPLE Committee has made endorsements for the 2014 Santa Fe City Council and Mayoral races, and they are as follows:
Mayor: Javier Gonzales
District 1: Signe Lindell
District 2: Dual endorsement: Mary Louise Bonney and Rad Acton
District 3: Carmichael Dominguez
District 4: Ron Trujillo
DON'T WAIT TO TAKE ACTION--VOLUNTEER DIRECTLY FOR THE MAYORAL CAMPAIGN THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 4th!
We are in the process of setting up a member-to-member campaign, some of which will be in conjunction with the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council. While that structure is being established, our members and retirees are still free to volunteer (no stipend available due to campaign finance laws) for Javier Gonzales' campaign for mayor:
WHAT: Kickoff canvass for Javier Gonzales for Santa Fe Mayor
WHERE: Gonzales for Mayor HQ, Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd. (across from the Indian School)
DATE: Saturday, January 4th
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
RSVP: If you know you'll make it, please RSVP to Sarah Aagard at email@example.com. If you decide to join us at the last minute, you're still welcome! Either way, let them know you're an AFSCME member or retiree or family member. Thanks!
State Pay Plan Questions --- Partial Answers
Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) members only had to threaten to call security once last night as a huge AFSCME crowd remained mostly quiet, listening respectfully in the face of growing impatience over low pay and the five year old back pay issue.
All in all, and despite Mr. Moser’s ambiguous tone, AFSCME is encouraged that our members WILL at least have a timeframe for back pay by year’s end.Read more >>>
Calling on Attention All UNMH Employees and Community Supporters :
Through their actions and a failure to budget for a wage increase year after year, UNMH shows that it is dedicated only to overall strategic planning of the hospital and not to the employees. District 1199NM believes that partnerships require reciprocity, which the union believes is currently lacking.
Employees continue to deliver quality patient care to the community, more and more often without adequate staffing and resources, but are receiving nothing in return.
Join District 1199NM for an informational rally to fight for a long overdue wage increase for UNMH employees. Coffee and donuts will be provided for all who attend. In order to be successful, community members and UNMH employees must take a stand and come to the streets of LOMAS either before you go to work or when you are off shift.
The union will be presenting a petition demanding a wage increase for UNMH employees at the “Board of Regents” meeting, immediately following the rally. For those who can attend your presence is necessary and appreciated.
“STAND TOGETHER FOR A WAGE INCREASE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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