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“New Mexico’s Union workers filed suit today to invalidate a poorly constructed Sandoval County ordinance designed to disable the ability of New Mexico workers to bargain for fair wages and benefits for their families.
JOIN US. STAND WITH THE WORKING PEOPLE'S DAY OF ACTION. On Saturday, February 24, New Mexico will stand with thousands of working people and our allies as we unite for our freedoms and demand an end to a system and an economy that’s rigged against us by the wealthy and powerful.
Next Week at Roundhouse: An Attack on Local Government Ability to Protect Citizen Well Being, and Right to Work for Less

It was raining on the day that Echol Cole and Robert Walker died while working for the Memphis Sanitation Department. Denied access to the employee break room, Cole and Walker were forced to shelter from the rain behind a malfunctioning city truck, only to die moments later when they were crushed by its garbage packer. That following week, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) walked off the job, citing racial discrimination, low wages and unsafe work conditions.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

A strong educational system is the bedrock of a healthy democracy. There is a corollary to this fact: A poorly educated public is more likely to be tempted by tyrants, more easily seduced into believing that avarice, greed and consumerism are virtues, and will more readily betray the common good. In many ways, an educational system that does not encourage critical thinking and speaking truth to power is doing the work of authoritarianism.

Since Election Day, unions have lived on borrowed time. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which has exclusive authority over many key questions of labor law, is still controlled by Democrats — thus shielding workers and their unions from attacks that became far likelier the moment Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election.

Read the full article in Think Progress.

A strong endorsement of government-run single-payer Medicare for All as the ultimate solution to U.S. health care ills highlighted position statements from the just-concluded summer AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.
TAKE ACTION! Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block (District 2) and Dave Heil (District 4) are working on a so-called "right to work" bill to take away Sandoval County workers’ freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work.

The New Mexico Federation of labor convention has unanimously re-elected Jon Hendry and Maxine Velasquez to their top leadership posts on the executive board.

Congratulations and solidarity forever. Your newly elected NMFL executive board:

Roswell, N.M. – Organizations representing working families will announce the launch of a new political alliance to defend public services for residents of Roswell and Chaves County on Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at Roswell City Hall, 425 N. Richardson.