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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 >>>
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 >>>
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
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.
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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
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, email@example.com
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.
If you are interested in volunteering as a tax preparer or a greeter, please contact Mike Swisher: firstname.lastname@example.org, (505-245-1720) or Jeffrey Ledbetter: Jeffrey.email@example.com, (505-247-3671). Training is provided.
Nurses Cry Foul On UNM Hospital Policies
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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