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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Read more >>>

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. Read more >>>

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>


Labor Victories in 2016 Legislative Session

from Jon Hendry, NMFL President

Thanks to your help, the labor movement was able to derail some of the worst bills that came up this legislative session:

--SB296, the so-called right to work bill - died in committee
--HB200, the bill to repeal prevailing wage "Paycheck Reduction Act" - died in the Senate
--HB211, Preemption Bill, "Anti-Local Control Act" Making it illegal for NM cities to set their own wage, labor rules - stopped in the Senate
Please send a quick word of thanks to our legislators in the House and the Senate who stood with working families this session!

It is a shame that Governor Martinez and the NM GOP wasted so much time this session with unnecessary attacks on working families. This session should have been a real opportunity to pass proactive legislation that creates jobs, raises wages, and improves local economies.

But as long as anti-worker politicians control half of our state legislature, we won’t be able to make the progress we need to get our state back on track. That’s why we need you to stay active and engaged through Election Day.

Help us spread the word about all the good work working people did this session, and the work we’re planning to do for the rest of the year. We’re just getting started with Labor 2016!


We Defeated "Right to Work" Again!

from Maxine Velasquez, NMFL Secretary/Treasurer

It’s official: We were able to defeat “right to work” this year! The legislative session wrapped up in Santa Fe, and because of the pressure New Mexicans like you put on our lawmakers, "right to work" was stopped.

This is a big victory, but we can’t rest. Extreme legislators are going to come back next year with another push to pass right to work. We need to spread the word to our friends and family about the harm this dangerous and unnecessary law will have on our communities, so when it comes back up next year, people won’t be fooled by false talking points.

They need to know that right to work makes it easier to cut our wages and benefits, send our jobs overseas and weaken health and safety protections at our workplaces.

And they need to understand that corporate CEOs and out-of-state special interests are the ones pushing this, so they can take away more power from working people to let corporations increase their profits.


Public Safety Legislative Update

from AFSCME Council 18

House Bill 43 (Rep. Rehm, R-Albuquerque) represented quality bipartisan legislating at its best. Our corrections officers, both at the state and county level, as well as AFSCME police members, will be able to continue to accrue PERA service credit and to continue health coverage if injured in the line of duty. AFSCME is proud to have supported this legislation over the last few years, and we look forward to expanding the number of job classifications covered by this law in years ahead.

Click HERE for full article.


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Good from Bad Water

Union members have been helping out Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis. Read the full article>>>


Wage Theft Seminar, November 18

What: Wage Theft Seminar
When: Wednesday, November 18, 5 to 8 pm
Where: United Worker Center of NM at Somos Un Pueblo Unido, 1804 Espinacitas St., Santa Fe
For more information: Call 505-983-6247 or 505-424-7832


CWA Local 7076 Holiday Food Drive

CWA 7076 is operating a non-perishable food drive for the holidays, coordinating the collection and distribution of donations to food banks in Albuquerque metro, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces areas on a ongoing basis through Wednesday, December 16.

These designated coordinators will collect items from stewards/work sites and drop them off at local food banks and/or homeless shelters:

Albuquerque: Liza Smith, 505-307-5920, liza.smith@cwa7076.org
Las Cruces:
Dave Brunson, 575-621-9703, hooper88001@yahoo.com
Santa Fe:
Danial Degarmo, 505-629-5356, danial.degarmo@cwa7076.org
Toby Tafoya, 505-712-3456, officemanager@cwa7076.org

Members can take their donations to work and leave with any officer or steward. If needed, coordinators can do weekly pick-ups. In Santa Fe, members are welcome to drop off donations directly at the CWA 7076 Hall, 460 St. Michael’s Drive, Suite 1001, Santa Fe.


Volunteers Needed for Tax Help NM

by Mike Swisher

Tax Help NM is a highly successful asset-building program that continues to exceed previous results annually. The program has returned more than $80 million in tax refunds and saved the people of New Mexico over $16 million in tax preparation fees.


A key strategy to increasing the economic success of low-income working families is to help families access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits that will boost their income, help them reduce their debt, increase their savings, and/or purchase an asset.

If you are interested in volunteering as a tax preparer or a greeter, please contact Mike Swisher: mike.swisher@uwcnm.org, (505-245-1720) or Jeffrey Ledbetter: Jeffrey.ledbetter@uwcnm.org, (505-247-3671). Training is provided.


Nurses Cry Foul On UNM Hospital Policies

from KUNM

Some of the nurses at the University of New Mexico Hospital say they are understaffed, overworked, and overlooked by the hospital’s management.

At a press conference in front of UNM Hospital....



 

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 A Moral Monday documentary from Santa Fe, New Mexico by Mariana Nonino

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The New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO represents more than 110,000 members of 30 unions and community affiliates throughout New Mexico.  The mission of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of working families:to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Read more >>>

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