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The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, New Mexico Council 18, representing 46 Local unions across the state, has concluded its biennial convention. Held in Albuquerque at the United Association Local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters hall, AFSCME also celebrates its 40th anniversary in New Mexico this year.

Local 624, Albuquerque blue collar, transit and water authority, was a founding local for AFSCME in New Mexico, chartered in August of 1970, shortly prior to a wildcat strike which turned violent and involved police riot squads. Flash forward to 2015, AFSCME now represents law enforcement and other public safety employees.


The convention convenes once every two years when AFSCME Council 18 delegates from all its local unions gather to elect its leaders, attend workshops, and hear from its local and national leadership and community leaders.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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.

 

CLICK to read on Scribd: 
April 2015 AFSCME NM Works! Newsletter

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Click to download and read on scribd. Call 505-266-2505 to make sure you're address is correct to receive a print copy.

 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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