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

Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Read more >>>

An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected under the National Labor Relations Act and that it was legitimate to fire the employees for violating the company's attendance policy. Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled against Walmart. Read more >>>

The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights. Read more >>>

ABQ's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commemorative March, January 16

What: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commemorative March
When: Saturday, January 16; parade starts forming at 9:30 am and commences at 10 am
Where: Parade starts near the corner of University Blvd. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Albuquerque, and ends at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on 3rd St and Marquette Ave NW, with a short commemorative program


Legislative Opening Day Event, January 19

What: Labor's Legislative Opening Day Event
When: Tuesday, January 19, starting at 9 am
Where: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe
RSVP: via email to outreach@iatselocal480.com
Schedule:

9 am: Working breakfast, polling information
Noon: Working lunch with a lecture by a guest speaker
1 pm: Social media reaction party during the Governor's State of the State address
3 pm: Screening of the movie "Dream On"

Join your union brothers and sisters as we gear up for the 30-day 2016 New Mexico legislative session, discussing issues like "Right to Work" and training Labor's community partners. 


Labor's Legislative Opening Day Reception, January 19

What: Labor's Legislative Opening Day Reception
When:
Tuesday, January 19
Where:
Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe
When: 5 to 7 pm


2016 Moral Mondays Schedule, January 25–February 15

Moral Mondays events will be held again this year, every week during the 2016 New Mexico legislative session. Join Labor and other progressive organizations at the Roundhouse at noon, as we let our elected officials know where we stand. Lunch will be served.

The schedule is:
January 25 : Immigrants' Rights
February 1: Health Care / Environment
February 8: Jobs and Economic Development
February 15: Educators


NM Public Employees Red and Green Lobby / Rally Days, February 5 and 6


Start:
February 5, 7:30 am
End: February 6, 12:30 pm
Where: Santa Fe State Capitol Building, 480 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Host Contact Info: AFSCME 505-266-2505 or CWA 505-955-8534

AFSCME Members: MEET East Side Capitol at 10 am. For details: 505-266-2505 or AFSCME18.org.

CWA Members: MEET at CWA Union Hall at 7:30 am. For details: 505-955-8534 or CWA7076.org.

Feb 6: AFSCME / Rally and Lobby Day, MEET EAST ENTRANCE, State Capitol 10 am.

Time for a unity ride on the Roundhouse! Public services matter! Wages we can sustain our families on are essential. Right to Work laws are a dangerous distraction and an attack on working families. Lunch provided; call Local presidents for transportation options and details: 505-266-2505 or AFSCME18.org. Click HERE for more info. Read more >>>


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

We Gotta Keep the Band Together, Man! [MOVIE!]

New Mexico’s labor movement and progressive allies quietly unified during the state’s 2015 legislative session and pushed back against Governor Martinez’s extreme right-wing agenda, widely perceived as an attack on social, economic, and environmental justice issues.

Republicans wrestled away control of the NM House of Representatives from Democrats after the 2014 election for the first time in over 60 years. To blame was a combination of superior campaign fund raising efforts by Republicans and the Democratic party’s failure to connect with voters on populist issues or generate enough enthusiasm for voter turnout.

The enthusiasm gap was closed early on in the session as Labor and progressive allies closed ranks and mobilized an effective response to the GOP agenda which stood on four main pillars:

1. Attack workers’ rights through proposal of several pieces of right-to-work legislation;

2. Further corporatizing public education by championing scientifically flawed teacher evaluation systems, mandatory third grade flunking bills, and standardized testing on steroids;

3. criminalize entire families and condoning the exploitation of workers by seizing drivers licenses of undocumented immigrants

4. Prioritizing corporate and polluting industry profits over environmental interests

Advocacy groups from every camp (conservation, education, labor, immigrant & social justice) came together and endeavored to remain unified under one tent throughout the entire session.

Alliances were tested when groups differed on strategy or tactics, but disputes were settled and solidarity remained strong throughout thanks to a unified labor movement’s leadership.

Pivotal were Labor’s major field and communications efforts which supported inside political strategy and gave progressive Democratic champions the cover they needed to take difficult and politically charged votes in favor of the people.

At the session’s conclusion, as the dust settled, most every piece of extreme right-wing legislation had been defeated. However, there was no time to celebrate or take down our guard.

The NM Senate, where labor and progressive causes mounted their most staunch defense, is up for reelection in 2016. Only hours after the session ended, the right-wing machine began churning out op/eds and messaged the media about how labor’s progressive Democratic allies had done New Mexico a disservice by killing Governor Martinez’s agenda.

The obvious strategy of Republican Governor Martinez and the GOP will be to unseat the workers’ champions and remove opposition to their anti-everything-but-corporate-profit agenda.

While right-wing talking points and junk science were effectively discredited during the session, the anti-worker propaganda has reemerged stronger in the wake of the session.

It is more important now than ever for labor and progressive allies to remain unified. We must be strategically active and educate voters on our issues to counteract the productive right-wing propaganda machine.
 

 

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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