Union Leader Calls Gov. Martinez’s Effort To End Collection Of Union Dues By State, ‘Declaration Of War’

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(Santa Fe) — The Abq Journal reports in a copywrighted story today that Gov. Susana Martinez wants to stop allowing union dues to be withdrawn automatically from state employee paychecks, …. money that she says is turned around for political attacks.

One union leader called that a “declaration of war” against unions and said changing the longstanding practice is simply not going to happen.

Martinez said the effort to stop the union fee collection has created an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations between the state and two unions – the New Mexico affiliates of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union and the Communication Workers of America union. AFSCME and CWA represent about 11,000 state workers in New Mexico.

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