The men and women of AFSCME Local 3999, public employees delivering essential services to the City of Santa Fe, presented a pay-equity proposal to the City Finance Committee on April 23, and will present to the full City Council on April 25, 2018.
The proposal follows a process set out openly in the current bargaining agreement between AFSCME and the City. It has previously been presented to the Mayor, the Chief of Staff, and to Mr. Abeyta, the chairman of the Finance Committee.
If adopted by Council, the proposal ensures that all of AFSCME’s nearly 800 represented employees will earn over than $13 an hour by 2019. Currently, 179 city employees earn less than $13 an hour.
The union proposal calls for using monies already budgeted, but not spent, in the current 2018 fiscal year for a “merit-pay” pilot project, and requests additional funds be budgeted to make the raises permanent and recurring.
Because the previous city manager failed to bring forward a merit-pay proposal from the city, the union collective bargaining agreement guarantees the Local an opportunity to present a proposal for spending the merit-pay budget to the full council.
Half of the City’s AFSCME union employees make less than $16 an hour. 28% make less than $14 an hour. The sliding scale raise targets the lowest paid employees to receive the highest percentage raise. Many of these employees are already compressed at the low ends of their pay scales and struggle to flourish under Santa Fe’s high cost of living.
Under this equity-pay proposal every employee in the bargaining unit will receive at least a $1.00 per hour increase by July 2019.
Monthly meeting of the Executive Committee. Committee members include the Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Officers, Ward Chairs, and Ward Vice Chairs.
CALL FOR THE 2018 DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SANTA FE COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING
The Democratic Party of Santa Fe County gives notice of its upcoming County Central Committee meeting to elect a County Vice Chair; consider approval of County Platform; and consider amendments to County Rules.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Where: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd
Registration: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Call to order: 10:30 am.
The Credentials Committee will meet at 10:30 AM to address any challenges which must be filed in writing prior to that time.
To Friends and Family of Stan Rosen:
You are invited to a celebration of Stanley (Rosebud) Rosen and his long career of working for peace and justice.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd
Stan has had some recent medical and memory problems and can no longer remember many of his current friends, events, or issues that he has been involved in for much of his life. We ask you to join us and offer your brief story, moments, or memory of the causes and ideas you have shared with him.
Please pass this information about the event to others who have appreciated his contribution to Santa Fe and New Mexico’s caring community.
Stan is looking forward to this event and seeing all of you! Than you for being a friend.
RSVP to Sandy Herzon