Manageable Crisis with Big Opportunity in City Different

Read Mayor Webber's report on temporary salary Increases for City of Santa Fe employees and his a vision for the path forward.

Local 3999 is actively meeting with management and the mayor's office. The Local will take steps necessary to protect the integrity of our union contract, while at the same time, thinking creatively about how this crisis can turn opportunity, and benefit all city workers who go above and beyond to serve.

"Rarely has one decision made so many people angry for so many different reasons,” Webber wrote in a seven-page report released at 5:01 p.m.  READ the entire report HERE

Webber also acknowedged that mistakes were made by the top management team he inherited, and that, "...consultation with the union was necessary in consideration of the temporary raises..."

On April 6th, AFSCME Local 3999 President, Michelle Gutierrez issued the following statement:

This was a sloppy operation by the city's top management team and we have witnessed a pattern for these types of bad decisions. This is now a mess, but that is the result you get when you engage in a secretive process instead of a collaborative one.

Management circumvented the collective bargaining rights of employees when awarding these increases. The process for reviewing and approving these types of increases exists in our union contract, but our Union was blindsided like everyone else.

AFSCME Local 3999 leadership would have liked to approve increases for members going above and beyond the normal call of duty, but have not been afforded our right to do so in this matter.

Despite what has been said publicly, not all the men and women working extra hard on this project have been lucky enough to be included in the raise.

Our Union looks forward to meeting with the new Mayor and City Councilors to address this and other issues, and get our city on the right track.

Read more coverage of this quickly developing issue here

City releases names of 39 employees getting temporary raises - Santa Fe New Mexican