Posts Tagged ‘New Mexico’

Jan
2016
15

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives “Right-to-Work” Talk Despite Impossibility of Passage

Vice Presidential Push: NM Gov. Revives
  In her upcoming State of the State address, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will call for the legislature to take on “Right-to-Work”, a move she has in the past called a “no-brainer.”  Gov. Martinez initially signaled her intentions last week during the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   “Right-to-Work” made its…
Jun
2015
17

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates
  On Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with a group of unions ruling that state labor officials must change the way they set the prevailing wage and fringe benefits for publicly funded projects.  In her 15-page opinion, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes argued that the Martinez administration has a duty to set rates based [&hellip…;
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Feb
2015
3

New Mexico GOP Advances “Right-to-Work” Through Committee In Order to Hurt 46,000 People

New Mexico GOP Advances
  The New Mexico House Business and Employment Committee has voted 8-5 in favor of “Right-to-Work” legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch.  The bill, HB 75, would “prohibit union membership as a condition of employment.”  Known as the “Employee Preference Act,” the bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee. …
Nov
2014
17

NM House Gears Up for “Right-to-Work” Push, Needs 4 Senate Democrat Votes to Win Passage

NM House Gears Up for
  Having won the state’s House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, New Mexico Republicans are eyeing a strong push for “Right-to-Work” legislation in the 2015 session.  Gov. Susana Martinez, who won re-election earlier this month, supports “Right-to-Work” although it was not a focus of her campaign.  Republicans…
May
2014
6

NM Rep: ABC Opposes Union Election Rule Change Because They Want to Intimidate Workers

NM Rep: ABC Opposes Union Election Rule Change Because They Want to Intimidate Workers
After New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s late March de facto “Right-to-Work” pledge, the floodgates opened with anti-union forces across the state ginning up efforts to beat back anything pro-worker anywhere they can.  Among those laying on the thick anti-union rhetoric is Roxanne Rivera-Wiest, President of the Associated…
Mar
2014
21

Unions Label NM Gov’s De Facto ‘Right-to-Work’ Talk a “Declaration of War”

Unions Label NM Gov's De Facto 'Right-to-Work' Talk a
  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has one goal in 2014: Make Nikki Haley blush. The first-term governor has announced a policy shift that unions are calling a “declaration of war.”  Speaking to a group of commercial real estate developers, Martinez said she wants to stop union dues from being automatically drawn from American…
Jun
2013
4

NM Court Rules In Favor of AFSCME, CWA, Will Order $20M in Backpay to 11,000 State Employees

NM Court Rules In Favor of AFSCME, CWA, Will Order $20M in Backpay to 11,000 State Employees
  Last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members who argued that the state violated pay increases agreed upon in their 2007 collective bargaining agreement. The case involves former Gov. Bill Richardson freezing…