Southwestern New Mexico Central Labor Council

 

Over 100 government workers received 3,750 pounds of donated groceries from a pop-up food bank organized by the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the American Federation o

On Saturday, February 16th, the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), and the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans, in collaboration with RoadRunner Food Bank, will host a food bank for working families who were impacted by the recent government shutdown.

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More workers were involved in strikes and other labor disputes in 2018 than at any point in the past three decades, fueled by widespread teacher protests last spring, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.

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I understand why it would be insane to spend even a day without controllers, troops, Transportation Security Administration screeners, Coast Guard officers, FBI and Border Patrol agents and a laundry list of other truly essential workers employed by the federal government. What I don’t understand is why we tolerate a system that lets elected officials fail to do their one real job — funding the government — with no consequences for anyone in power.

Something funny happened on the way to the labor movement’s funeral.

The longest government shutdown in American history is over for now. On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen government for the next three weeks. The short-term appropriations measure notably includes no funding for his beloved border wall — or steel slat fence, or smart wall, or whatever else he decides to call it in the future.