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REMINDER: 2016 NMFL COPE Convention, June 24-25

What: 2016 NMFL COPE Convention
When: June 24-25
Where:  UA 412 Plumber's and Pipefitter's Union Hall, 510 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque
Cost: $100 delegate fee (unless affiliate pays per capita through the National AFL-CIO program)
Accommodations: Airport Sheraton for $89 a night
Special events include: karaoke, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, 6th Annual Athletic Challenge, whiffle ball against the Democratic Party, and BBQ
For more info, contact: Maxine Velasquez at maxvel3010@aol.com or 505-507-1483


Somos' Clinic on Worker Rights and Wage Theft, July 14



NMARA Members Stay Involved

by Elva Santos, NM ARA 1st Vice-President

Many thanks from Dennis Conerty, president of CWA Retirees, and John (JD) Doran, president of the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans, to all those who have responded to our recent calls to action.

First, the call to help our striking Verizon brothers and sisters by demonstrating here in Albuquerque on May 5, 2016, and then by attending with us to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham's congressional office on May 21, 2016. We are planning additional visits to other congressional offices soon.

We are also making our plans to participate in the Rio Rancho 4th of July Parade, so stay tuned!

We are proud to have our community know that we are active and will continue to act in solidarity with our UNION BROTHERS & SISTERS.


Verizon Victory for CWA

The Verizon strike is over and we won! The working people at Verizon and Verizon Wireless are returning to work knowing that their hard work resulted in big gains and saved good, union jobs.

Supporters came out to picket lines, took action online, and donated tens of thousands of dollars that helped support the working families on strike. We should be proud of what we accomplished together.


AFT President Randi Weingarten Visits Albuquerque

by John Dyrcz, AFT NM Staff

AFT President Randi Weingarten visited New Mexico at the start of GOTV weekend on June 2. Her activities included speaking to AFT NM’s executive council, where she highlighted the need for labor to move forward unified after Tuesday’s primary and work to elect pro-education and pro-labor candidates at all levels.  

Additionally, she spoke one-on-one with leaders from AFT NM locals who serve Native American communities on how AFT can better serve all students equitably. Wrapping up the day, President Weingarten canvassed for two AFT NM candidates: Debbie Sariñana in HD 21 and Sen. Mimi Stewart in SD 17, and headlined a labor for Hillary phone bank at the Clinton Campaign HQ in Albuquerque.


A Closer Look at New Overtime Regulations on Nuestra America

Immigrants' rights organization (and NMFL affiliate) Somos Un Pueblo Unido is at the cutting edge of labor issues, and its director, Marcela Diaz, works tirelessly to inform the public of ALL workers' struggles—immigrant or native-born, in New Mexico and nationwide.

Check out her KSFR radio show, Nuestra America. The Tuesday, May 24, episode features an interview with Judy Contie, federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project, who discusses the new overtime regulations recently put forth by the Obama administration.


Remembering Helen Chavez

from UFW

After they were married in 1948, Cesar Chavez would return home after experiencing a fresh injustice toiling in the fields and tell his bride, Helen, “somebody’s got to do something about it.” Helen Chavez nurtured her husband’s dream of organizing farm workers. She and their eight small children gave up a middle class lifestyle in 1962, embracing a life of voluntary poverty to support her husband’s labors.

Click HERE for full article.


Millions More Americans Are About to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay

by Helaine Olen for Slate

Millions of Americans will get a raise beginning Dec. 1, and not because their employers will have a sudden outbreak of Christmas generosity. Rather, it will come courtesy of the Obama administration, which on Tuesday evening released the final version of a long-planned update to the nation’s overtime regulations.

Under the new Department of Labor rules, salaried employees earning less than $47,476 annually will automatically receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week, double the current $23,660 ceiling.

Click HERE for full article.


Patients Are the Health Care System's Free Labor

by Sarah Kliff for Vox

I write a lot about health care for my job here at Vox, and have spent the past seven years covering and explaining the American health care system. But there was something I didn't understand about American health care until this experience.

It is the considerable burden our fragmented system puts on patients to coordinate their own care...

Click HERE for full article.


MONTHLY REMINDER: Mobile Food Pantry, June 24

What: Labor Mobile Food Pantry
When: Friday, June 24, 11 am to 1 pm (volunteers, please come at 10 am)
Where: Parking lot of Sheet Metal Workers, 2300 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque
Who: Organized by Central New Mexico Labor Council
For more info: Contact Mike Swisher at mike.swisher@uwcnm.org


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Central NM Rank and File Dinner, May 14

What: Central NM Rank and File Dinner
When: Saturday, May 14, 5:45 to 8:30
Where: Local 412, 510 San Pedro SE, Albuquerque
Tickets: $240 per table (seats 8), $35 for individual seats
Make checks payable to: Central New Mexico Labor Council
For questions: contact Robin Gibson at larobinabq@gmail.com
or (505) 681-1721


24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, May 14

What: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
When: Saturday, May 14

The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive provides letter carriers, other postal employees, and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to join forces in their local communities.

Click HERE for a very detailed FAQ.


2016 NMFL COPE Convention

What: 2016 NMFL COPE Convention
When: June 24-25
Where:  UA 412 Plumber's and Pipefitter's Union Hall, 510 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque
Cost: $100 delegate fee (unless affiliate pays per capita through the National AFL-CIO program)
Accommodations: Airport Sheraton for $89 a night
Special events include: karaoke, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, 6th Annual Athletic Challenge, whiffle ball against the Democratic Party, and BBQ
For more info, contact: Maxine Velasquez at maxvel3010@aol.com or 505-507-1483

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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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