Breaking News - State Employee Contract Signed!

Breaking News! State Employee Contract Signed! 

Historic three-year contract strengthens working conditions for all AFSCME-represented bargaining unit employees!

We are excited to announce that our Collective Bargaining Agreement with the State of New Mexico was officially signed today, and is in effect!

The AFSCME and the State of New Mexico bargaining teams worked diligently to negotiate an unprecedented wage increase that provides classified employees a minimum 7% wage increase this year and, in some cases depending on pay band, even higher!  The agreement also lifts up lower-wage workers to $15.00/ per hour.  In addition to significant wage increases, the parties negotiated increases to other economic benefits, such as increases to annual, sick and other paid leave, agency-specific allowances such as clothing, tool and boot allowances, shift differentials and bilingual pay.

Other significant highlights of the new agreement include standing labor-management committees, improvements to the grievance and discipline and discharge provision, enhancements to schedules, staffing, and filing of vacancies, strengthened worker protections through health and safety committees, and much, much  more! 

AFSCME Council 18 and the State will be conducting workplace contract explanation sessions, so keep an eye out for your agency. We encourage you to contact your local president, staff representative, or the AFSCME Lujan Union Hall at 505-266-2505, if you have any questions.

“This agreement with the State represents a return of respect to state employees and the services they provide,” said AFSCME Council 18 Executive Director Connie Derr.

Director Derr added, "day-in and day-out, state employees demonstrate a high level of professionalism and have done so with even greater dedication during these last two challenging years. Over the last four years and with the signing of this agreement, Governor Lujan Grisham and her administration show an unwavering commitment to working families across New Mexico.”

"I am so excited to sign this new contract and make it official. This contract will give us the tools we need to recruit and retain state employees so we can deliver vital public services to the people of New Mexico. It is a great day to be a state employee and an AFSCME member," said Ken Long, Vice President of Council 18 and former Department of Transportation Employee.

AFSCME Council 18 Master Contract and Supplemental Bargaining Team:

AFSCME Council 18 Bargaining Team Members

Connie Derr, Executive Director

Shane Youtz, General Counsel

Rob Trombley, Public Safety Coordinator/Staff Representative

Joel Villarreal, Staff Representative

Sam Chavez, Staff Representative

Chris Armijo, Staff Representative

AFSCME Council 18 State Employee Bargaining Team Members

Jeanette Aguilar, TRD, Local 1211

Tony Barajas, CYFD, Local 2890

Laura Barnes, SNMCF, Local 3422

Jacob Bradshaw, WNMCF, Local 3422

Elmer Chavez, Springer, Local 3422

Joe Ray Chavez, CYFD, Local 3320

Adrianna Claussen, HSD, Local 3320

Arminda Cordova, DWS, Local 1211

Jason Davis, RLD, Local 1211

Fred Garcia, HSD, Local 3320

Henry “Ace” Griego, VCMC, Local 2557

Jessie Hernandez, HSD, Local 1211

Linda Holland, ALTSD, Local 3199

Barbara Jimenez, FBMC, Local 3973

Tirzio Lopez, PRC, Local 477

Dirk Lee, WNMCF, Local 3422

Kenneth Long, DOT, Local 1211

Kemaury McLauren, NMCD/PPO, Local 1211

Stephanie Mariscal, DVR, Local 3320

Karen Martinez, TRD, Local 477

Nicholas Merton, TRD, Local 1211

Jonathan Montano, CNMCF, Local 3422

Lawrence Montoya, HSED, Local 477

Robert Morris, PPO, Local 1211

Jolene Ortiz, NMBHI, Local 1380

J’ette Quintana, TRD, Local 477

Karla Rael, NMCD, Local 3422

Chris Romero, LLCP, Local 1894

Ellen Stephens, LLCP, Local 1894

Carol Tapia, TRD, Local 1211

Cathy Townes, OSI, Local 477

Barbara Yescas, FBMC, Local 3973