|AFSCME Council 18|
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Join us at the House Labor Committee (will likely be held on the House Floor because we're expecting hundreds of people) to kill the anti-worker so-called "right to work" bill and to stop privatization of public sector jobs.
Take a moment to remember why so-called "right to work" is a total scam that makes the rich richer while exploiting and endangering working Americans.
If you want to testify, it's easy. Just line up when the committee chair asks you to. If you're unable to attend, please make calls or send emails today!
For "right to work", tell your story about how having a union has helped you and your co-workers--it could be about how important health care is, your retirement, or fairness at work.
For the privatization bill, make sure they know you don't want big corporations to take over your work, largely for the same reasons we don't want "right to work". If you don't want to testify, just having you there in AFSCME green sends a powerful message to legislators that we care about our jobs, our pay, and our benefits.
Sadly, all the Republicans in the House Labor Committee support lowering your pay, gutting your benefits, and privatizing your jobs. We're going to need a big showing by the House Labor Democrats to hold onto our jobs and rights.
One of the reasons why we lost the privatization vote in House Transportation is that, frankly, big business made calls and showed up in bigger numbers than we did. Thank you to those who did call--we need you and many more of our members and family members to make calls and emails now.
Ask them to VOTE NO on House Bill 275 (privatization) AND on House Bill 432 (so-called "right to work"). And we'll see you this Saturday in the Roundhouse. WEAR YOUR AFSCME GREEN!
Saturday Town Hall with Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
Congressman Lujan will hold a Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, February 25th, 2017 to discuss access to healthcare and threats to the Affordable Healthcare Act, ACA.
Please try to attend, hear about what's happening in Washington D.C. and speak up up for common sense legislation lifting up all New Mexicans!
Republican State Representative Larry Larranaga has tried for years to hand over public services to private, for-profit companies. If he succeeds, virtually every city, county, university, and state employee in New Mexico could lose your retirement, health care, and take a big pay cut.
Make Phone Calls and Write Emails NOW! (see below for committee targets)
This year, Rep. Larranaga's bill is House Bill 275, and it's being heard in the House Transportation Committee tomorrow, Thursday, February 16. He has all the Republican votes locked down, and since it's a 5-5 committee, that means that we need all 5 Democrats to be present and to vote "NO" on House Bill 275.
Don't let the big corporations take away your health care, retirement, and pay, just to fatten their profits. Make the calls NOW, and ask that each of these representatives votes NO on House Bill 275. Make the calls on your own phone and on your own time (like during lunch or a break), and be kind to the workers answering the phone. Thanks!
Chair Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos)
[NOTE: Rep. Ruiloba and Rep. Garcia have the same phone number--you can leave a message for each on the same call!]
Gov. Martinez gave her state of the state address today, and while there were some positive general statements, the overall message was a big disappointment.
Let's first find common ground: Gov. Martinez claims she wants to find bipartisan solutions to our budget problems. She also said good things about some of our members--mostly those who work in public safety, including those in CYFD and the Department of Corrections.
Talk is nice, and we agree that those who work for the state, who are already understaffed and underpaid, deserve our respect, thanks, and support. While Gov. Martinez gave respect and thanks, it's on the support issue--changing talk into action--that we need to move her.
She still plans to ask for YOU--everyone reading this who works for the state or for a university, or for public schools, to take a 3.5% pay cut to balance the budget. And nobody else. Her budget has even MORE corporate tax cuts coming next year, and it protects loopholes for Wall Street gamblers and out-of-state corporations.
So while everyone likes a nice compliment, not many of us would take a compliment if it was backed up with "hey, now fork over $2,000--each of you and your families--to pay for Wall Street loopholes."
People who make their money in the stock market pay HALF of what you do in personal income tax. And she's asking you to fork over thousands of dollars? Every year? That's not just wrong, it's hypocritical for someone who says she cares about our public safety and other workers.
The good news is that your union is already at the Roundhouse talking to both Democrats and Republicans...Read more >>>
8th Annual Public Safety Blue Breakfast
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