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AFSCME Member Activists from Western U.S. and Hawaii Gather in Albuquerque for AFSCME Strong "Coaches" Training


In 2014, AFSCME New Mexico lead the Western region for the AFSCME Stronger! campaign effort by signing up 1,700+ new union members and moving veteran members to action.

That's why on Friday and Saturday, June 25, 26 three dozen AFSCME members and activists from across New Mexico and Western States, including Hawaii, gathered in the AFSCME Lujan Union Hall in Albuquerque for the first in its series of two-day intensive action trainings. The AFSCME Stronger! Coaches training has been developed to give activists the skills necessary to build an active union membership, and share the vision that workers are Stronger Together!

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Connie Derr, executive director of Council 18, opened the training with a message on the urgency of what's at stake for workers in our country in general, and New Mexico specifically. "New Mexico union members won major victories this year with the defeat of scam right to work legislation and other anti-workers measures. Now is the time to step it up because our adversaries are throwing everything they've got at us.

"AFSCME and the labor movement are the strongest, most effective voices for working people in America," said Sister Derr. "These battles aren't always a joy, but they're necessary. Attacks against good wages, rights at work, retirement security; these attacks are as personal as they get. AFSCME is dedicated to winning these battles."

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This Weekend! PEOPLE Convention! Still time to sign UP, read below:

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Our PEOPLE Convention--AFSCME's big political convention that only meets once every two years--is coming up this weekend. We already have over 70 RSVPs already, so join your co-workers to help chart the course for the next two years of AFSCME's future. Remember, PEOPLE members at the convention will elect our statewide PEOPLE Committee who make key endorsement decisions for the 2016 elections, so don't miss this chance to have a say in who we endorse and support!


CONVENTION BASICS:

Location: AFSCME hall at 1202 Pennsylvania NE, Albuquerque

Day/date: Saturday, May 16

Hours: Registration and lunch starting at 11:00 a.m.

Convention from noon-5:00 p.m.

Barbeque from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE COMING SO WE CAN PLAN!

Whether you are staying at the Sheraton or not, PLEASE RSVP to carterbundy@yahoo.com and joshandersonnm@yahoo.com

You can also call Carter at 505-463-8499 or Josh at 505-350-2200 to RSVP or if you have questions.


Remember, you have to be an AFSCME member or retiree who is also a PEOPLE member to attend. AFSCME member's family members are also eligible to join PEOPLE. PEOPLE is our fund that allows us to help elect leaders who will fight for us at the Roundhouse, at city councils, in mayor's offices, at county commissions, and even in Washington, D.C. You can even join PEOPLE at the door!


HOTEL INFORMATION:

The Sheraton Uptown has been kind enough to provide us with a specific link for our PEOPLE members (or those who want to join PEOPLE on or before Saturday, May 16th) who want to book a hotel room for our May 16th PEOPLE Convention.

AFSCME PEOPLE member attendees can make reservations through Sheraton's Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 referencing the AFSCME rate for May 16th at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque or by using the link here:
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AFSCME

For anyone over an hour and a half away from Albuquerque who attends the full convention, we'll pay for your hotel room at the Sheraton Uptown (at Louisiana and Menaul NE) based on PEOPLE member double occupancy at our special AFSCME rate. That means that if you have two PEOPLE members in the room, your whole room is paid for. If you want to bring someone who is not a PEOPLE member or if you want a room to yourself, we'll pay for your half of the room. YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS AND PAY, AND KEEP THE RECEIPT TO SUBMIT FOR REIMBURSEMENT.

AFSCME is getting a very good rate of $83 (about $94 after all taxes and fees), but the rooms will go quickly, and there's no guarantee that if you wait too long the rooms (or rooms at the AFSCME rate) will still be available. No incidentals (movies, room service, etc.) will be eligible for reimbursement--we'll have free lunch and dinner at the PEOPLE convention.

LOCALS CAN ALSO PAY FOR HOTELS FOR PEOPLE MEMBERS CLOSER THAN 1.5 HOURS FROM ALBUQUERQUE OR IF THEY DON'T WANT TO DOUBLE UP.

Read the latest NM Works! newsletter for your legislative wrap up, official notification on the 2015 AFSCME People Convention, held May 16 in ABQ.

 

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April 2015 AFSCME NM Works! Newsletter

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 Updates
January 20th, 2015:

The week of January 12, 2015, the State issued an additional 884 checks, to both current and former employees. To date, the State has conducted six special payrolls and issued approximately 5,800 checks. The next special payroll is scheduled for the week of January 26, 2015.

AFSCME membership continues to seek further information and keep the pressure on to complete the back payments as quickly as possible.'

See the latest update here: http://www.spo.state.nm.us/fy09-union-lawsuit-information.aspx


AFSCME Council 18 represents more than 15,000 public employees across New Mexico. We perform many of the state's most important jobs—from childcare providers to corrections officers—and work to make sure our rights, our families and our communities are protected. To learn more about our union and meet our members, please take a moment to watch the following video. 

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