AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting

Executive Council Meeting
Albuquerque Union Offices
Saturday, April 09, 2016 


  • Council was advised of and discussed State-wide staffing.

  • Relationship—current and looking forward—between AFT New Mexico and NEA was the topic of considerable discussion.

  • AFT NM May Convention was reviewed:  deadlines for Resolutions, Nominations, John O. Mitchell Award, per caps; COPE Raffles, etc.

  • This summer’s Leadership Retreat is in Ruidoso, NM at the Inn of the Mountain Gods!  New Leaders—and everyone else—will love it!

  • AFT National Convention will be held in Minneapolis.  It is AFT’s 100th Anniversary!

  • Excellent discussion was held on Member Engagement and its importance.

  • Liz Gravning provided a scrumptious lunch for us all.  [which is NOT easy considering everyone’s health and religious needs!]

    • THANKS, LIZ!!!  ;)

  • AFT SAPO presented on upcoming State Elections, and COPE recommendations were reviewed and finalized.

  • Bargaining 101 Training was given in the afternoon and continued on Sunday to noon.

  • Additional information on the aforementioned topics will be given at the MCFUSE General Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
    “Wear Black & Walk-In”
    for Public Education in New Mexico

AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque 
Saturday, November 07, 2015  


  • After a welcomed Continental Breakfast, Execs got straight to work with the usual housekeeping:  Call to Order, the Pledge of Allegiance, Approval of Agenda, Financials, Minutes, etc. 

  • AFT-NM was introduced to the new VP for Early Learning. (Looked about the same age as the rest of us!)

  • Discussion was held concerning “Organizing Blitzes” in the locals…I was very excited when I misread this as “blintzes”…..

  • Executive Council received presentations on the NIAE, Houston Regional, SNTE and the Community School Conferences.

  • It will soon be time to have those Legislative Receptions!

  • Execs were updated on the Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit.

  • Stephanie Ly and Kathy Chavez had everyone in tears as they reminisced about Staff Rep Joe Angel Hill who has retired.  

    • MCFUSE President spoke words of gratitude and presented Joe Hill with an engraved plaque and a Pendleton Blanket [with embroidered name] on behalf of the Executive Board and membership of MCFUSE.   


AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Albuquerque Union Offices
August 22, 2015 
  • Presentation by Julie Koob of Planned Parenthood New Mexico which was followed by questions and commentary.

  • Executive Council received Update on Back to School & membership.

  • Executive Council received Update and discussed Teacher Evaluation Lawsuits.

  • Discussion was held on 2016 Legislative Session.

  • AFT-NM President gave Update on Arbitration.

  • Working Lunch was held during which debriefing was given on Summer Retreat.

  • Local Presidents gather in small groups to update Local Plans.

AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, September 7, 2013


  • Meeting began with coffee and a continental breakfast with the newly elected Local Presidents.
  • Mike Swisher, Central CLC, spoke on United Way of Albuquerque.  He provided information on what the organization does and guidelines for assistance.
  • Land Commissioner Ray Powell addressed the Council, giving update on issues, the importance of the Commission on Education in New Mexico, etc.
  • President Stephanie Ly invited Locals to select members to join AFT committees.
  • Council reviewed staffing changes, Defense Fund, and the Organizing Report.
  • Local Reports were heard at the “Round Table.”
  • Council discussed the 2013-14 Legislative Platform and Issue Advocacy.
  • Council was informed of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s itinerary (Albuquerque, Socorro, Santa Fe, and Deming) as he was arriving in New Mexico on Monday, September 9, 2013.  AFT Officials met with Mr. Duncan on issues.
  • Council received update on lawsuit [writ of mandamus] filed by AFT New Mexico.
“Politicians are like warts on the body of society.  And the only thing worse than warts are lawyers and lobbyists.”
Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, November 17, 2012 
  • Executives received state-wide Local Reports and discussed the Budget/Audit and COPE/Legislative Priorities. 

  • MCFUSE will host the West Region Union Leadership Institute (ULI) at the Hampton Inn & Suites (West)—Gallup on Friday, January 11—Sunday, January 13, 2013. 

  • AFT-NM filed a Writ of Mandamus on November 14, 2012 against NM-PED on Teacher Evaluations.  PED must file their response by November 27, 2012. 

  • AFT-NM to have Santa Fe Rally at Roundhouse on February 17 & 18, 2012.

“Every nation has the right and the obligation to defend itself and its citizenry---this is NOT terrorism.”
---Brian J. Bernard


Executive  Council  Meeting
Union Offices,  Albuquerque
Saturday,  September 15,  2012


  • The Executive Council discussed COPE/Labor 2012, State Re-structuring, Staff Contract Negotiations, as well as Committees and Local Updates.

“The quality of employees will be directly proportional to the quality of life  you maintain for them.”
--Charles E. Bryan


Executive  Council  Meeting
Union Offices,  Albuquerque
Saturday,  June 23,  2012
  • Newly-hired Staff Director, Rebecca Maran Leibowitz, was introduced.

  • Joy Garrett presented the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report [written].

  • Director of Field Operations for New York Federation, Mark Chaykin introduced himself and spoke on structuring and re-structuring.

  • Council discussed implementation of Board of Trustees.

  • Council also discussed Policies, the Constitution, salaries, and 2013 Legislative Goals.

“Never forget, people DIED for the eight hour workday.”
—Rebecca Gordon    


50th Annual Convention
Union Offices, Albuquerque
May 4-5, 2012


  • Call to Order:  Kathy Chavez, AFT-NM Executive VP

  • Greetings from:

    • Jon Hendry, NM Federation of Labor

    • Sharon Morgan, NEA-NM

    • Joel Villareal, NNMCLC

    • Jennifer Kaseman, AFT Regional Director

  • Keynote Speaker:

    • Former Speaker of the House Raymond Sanchez

  • State of the State:

    • AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo

  • Officer Elections:

    • Tim Crone: COPE/Legislative VP

    • Elaine Rodriguez: Higher Ed VP

    • Ryan Ross: K-12 VP

    • V. Myrl Tillman: PSRP VP

  • MCFUSE received the Local Involvement Award.

  • Christine Trujillo was nominated for the John O. Mitchell Award by MCFUSE and was presented with the Award by MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard.

"Never explain---your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”
--Elbert Hubbard


Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, March 24, 2012


  • ATF President Ellen Bernstein presented a resolution to endorse Martin Heinreich for U. S. Senate in the race Primary.

    • Candidates Balderas and Heinreich had previously agreed that no one would be endorsed for the Primary:  that AFT-NM would endorse the winner of the Primary.

  • AFT-NM Officers presented a resolution that any AFT-NM President or Vice-President—if elected to serve in public office—shall immediately resign his/her elected office with AFT-NM.

    • Bernstein dominated the discussion, as always, and—when presented with opposing views---resorted to strict Robert’s Rules---so to speak.

    • Christine Trujillo distributed her resignation and exited.

    • VP Kathy Chavez repeated after Bernstein word-for-word throughout the rest of the meeting.

    • [NOTE:  The ever-constant undermining by some AFT-NM Officers and Presidents finally came out, and their true faces were revealed!A shande un a kharpe!  Se shtinkt!]

“A shande un a kharpe!  Se shtinkt!”
"A shame and a disgrace!  It stinks!”
--Yiddish Sayings


Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, November 19, 2011


  • Executive Council discussed staff issues and received an update on the staff contract.

    • Council voted to Ratify/Approve the Staff Contract.

  • Nick Loftis provided the Auditor’s Report.

  • Joy Garrett presented on Budget vs Actuals, Budget Amendments, and the Rebate Committee.

  • Council Officers led discussion of Transition:

    • regional offices, staff assignments, etc.

  • Ryan Ross spoke on hiring process:

    • Program Director, Staff Director, Organizers, and SAPO.

  • Ellen Bernstein gave Education Reform Presentation on Changing Teacher Evaluations.

  • Tim Crone gave NMPSIA Report: Health Insurance to go up!

  • Kathy Chavez presented the Constitution Committee Report.

“Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant.”
--Yiddish Proverb
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, August 13, 2011
  • Executive Council discussed the AFT-NM Restructuring Plan.
  • Council approved Endorsement Policy for COPE.
  • Council did NOT approve the IAM Contract (staff).
"It never rose and it never flew (Es iz nit geshtoygen un nit gefloygen)(Figurative translation: It is B.S.!)
--Yiddish Saying
AFT-New Mexico
49th Annual Convention
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, May 7, 2011 
  • Greetings delivered from Chris Chavez, New Mexico Federation of Labor Kelly Burns, BCCLC Jennifer Kaseman, AFT Regional Director.

  • Keynote Speaker, Senator Eric Griego challenged one and all to get involved and reminded us that “public schools are part of our democratic heritage.”

  • AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo delivered the State of the State Address, calling on members to mobilize, organize, and remain vigilant.

  • Tribute to AFT-NM Everyday Heroes Awards were presented to Leslie Tamburro, LCTF, and Brian J. Bernard, MCFUSE.

  • Resolutions

    • Resolution to change Article 2 (Section 13) of AFT-NM Bylaws on AFT-NM Dues was approved.

    • Resolution submitted by MCFUSE to Establish a Committee to Study the Abatement Agreement with ATF and Develop a Process to Incrementally Dismantle the Agreement FAILED.

    • Vote: 46 NO—43 YES

    • [NOTE:  This would have saved AFT-NM approximately $300,000 per year!]

    • A proposed Amendment to AFT-NM Bylaws submitted by Executive Vice-President Kathy Chavez could not be brought to the floor due to violation of procedures of AFT-NM Constitution.

  • Congratulations and Mazel Tov to the Elected AFT-NM Officers!

President Christine Trujillo
Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez
Treasurer Joy Garratt
Secretary Doris Williams


  • The prestigious John O. Mitchell Award was presented to Donna Swanson.

  • Due to the election for AFT-NM President and the Resolutions brought before the Delegates, the 49th AFT-NM Convention was the most heated/spirited in years!  Attorneys and AFT Officials were even present to monitor the election process!

    • [Oy vay—What a time for the MCFUSE President to serve as Parlimentarian  !!!]

  • MCFUSE would like to thank Loren Omoth, Allison Dollar, and Deanna Crask-Stone for their service as Delegates to this Convention!It is very much appreciated!

“The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.”
--John Berry, Flight of White Crows
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, March 26, 2011 
  • Brenda Villegas of His Kidz Learning Center spoke on the Early Childhood Campaign.

  • Matt Aber-Towns gave brief presentation on campaigns in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire, Maine, and New Mexico.

  • AFT-NM Lobby Team presented the Legislative Update.

  • The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear case in April against Governor Martinez for her actions against the PELRB.

  • A “Bargaining Boot Camp” will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

  • A “Grievance Training Boot Camp” will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

  • IAM Bargaining has been TA’d.

  • The AFT-New Mexico 49th Annual Convention will be held May 6-7, 2011 at the Union Offices in Albuquerque.

“He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.”
---Yiddish Proverb
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, January 29, 2011 
  • AFT-NM Presidential Candidate Angela Baird-Reynolds was a guest.  Reynolds spoke for five minutes on unfairness of AFT-NM election process.  Reynolds insists that she is entitled to access to contact information of ALL New Mexico AFT members.

    • The Executive Council opinion was that Reynolds is entitled ONLY to contact information of Delegates to be voting, ten days prior to the election at Convention.

    • [Note: This access is contrary to the MCFUSE Constitution.  Also, the attorney for AFT National has recently found in favor of Reynolds.]

  • Matt Aber-Towns and Jennifer Kaseman reported on Statewide Plan and Potential Resources.

  • Reports from corresponding Chairs were given for COPE, K-12, PSRP, and Higher Ed.

  • Council reviewed/discussed Financial Statements and Independent Auditors’ Report

“You’ve no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself-and how little I deserve it."
—W.S. Gilbert, Ruddigore.
Emergency Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, December 18, 2010 
  • This emergency Executive Council Meeting was collectively called by the Officers and Presidents at the Executive Council Meeting of November 20, 2010.

  • The only agenda item was further discussion and implementation of the short and long term organizational goals and directives for AFT-NM.

“In baiting a mouse-trap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.”
---SAKI, The Square Egg 
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, November 20, 2010 
  • Jan Goodwin presented on ERB proposals and is seeking input.

  • Senator Udall spoke on political landscape and challenges.

  • Tiffany Fiser and Matt Aber-Towns presented AFT-NM National Rep Report and Labor 2010.

  • Christine Trujillo and Tim Crone presented on Joint Legislative Goals and Platform.

  • Ellen Bernstein gave ATF Presentation to LESC on Teacher Evaluation, Compensation, and Student Outcomes.

“When the camel demanded horns, they cut off his ears.”
--Proverb. Q Rab. Talmud: Sanhedrin, 106a.
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Office, Albuquerque
Saturday, August 7, 2010 
  • Executive Session

    • Council discussed Constitutional Responsibilities and Issues.

    • Constitution Template will be sent to all Locals.

  • Council approved Resolution for Locals—that do not segregate COPE Funds in a separate account—to send those Funds monthly to a newly established AFT-NM Joint Local Union COPE account beginning September 1, 2010.

  • Government Re-structuring Committee studying:

    • consolidation of agencies, including Public Education and Higher Education

    • tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance

    • Retirement reduction

  • Calendar Committee --wants 180 student days, no early releases --LESC sponsoring survey --next meeting is August 20th

  • Andy Lotrich and and Jim Beaty welcomed new ECOP and CBOP staff and presented Organizing Reports.

  • Fenton Ayres spoke on new membership application forms and New Teacher Orientations.

  • Tim Crone gave COPE Report.

  • Tiffany Fiser presented on AFT/NMFL, AFL-CIO 2010 Elections.

  • Council voted on Statewide AFT-NM Endorsements.

  • Council voted to approve Motions presented by Ellen Bernstein on Distribution of Minutes, Compilation of AFT-NM Motions, and Reports to Presidents on State Legislative Activities. A Committee was formed to look into Dues distribution as per Constitution.

  • Council reviewed Financial Statements and approved 2010 Budget which will be revisited around December.

“One must always guard oneself against those who would  manipulate for their own purposes against the Common Good.”
--Brian J. Bernard
President, MCFUSE
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, May 1, 2010 
  • AFT-NM Executive Council reviewed and approved the audit.

  • Council discussed Western Conservation Foundation Grant Proposal.

  • Pink Hearts, Not Pink Slips Campaign was discussed.

  • June 7-9, 2010—Strategies for Student Success Train the Trainer Workshops.

  • Council received Update on Race to the Top Grant.

  • Council discussed Organizing of Charter Schools.

  • Council approved COPE Recommendations for 2010 June Primary Convention:

    • 1.CD 1—Martin Heinrich

    • 2.CD 2—Harry Teague

    • 3.CD 3—Ben Ray Lujan

    • 4.Governor—No Recommendation in Primary

    • 5.Lt. Governor—Brian Colon

    • 6.Attorney General—Gary King

    • 7.Secretary of State—Mary Herrera

    • 8.State Treasurer—James Lewis

    • 9.State Auditor—Hector Balderas

    • 10.State Land Commissioner—Ray Powell

  • Contested Primaries outside Albuquerque

    • 1.HD #5—Irvin Harrison

    • 2.HD #7—Andrew Barreras

    • 3.HD #8—Elias Barela

    • 4.HD #9—Patti Lundstrom

    • 5.HD #43—Stephanie Richard

    • 6.HD #46—Ben Lujan

    • 7.HD #70—Richard D. Vigil

  • Council discussed staff changes.

  • Council discussed and approved AFT Officer Retirement Changes

AFT-New Mexico
48th Annual Convention
Union Offices, Albuquerque
April 30-May 1, 2010 
  • Welcome from AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo was given at the reception Friday evening.

  • Greetings received from

    • Chris Chavez, NM Federation of Labor

    • Sharon Morgan, NEA-NM

    • Kelly Burns, BCCLC

    • Bruce Wetherbee, NNMCLC

    • Jennifer Kaseman, AFT Regional Director

  • Lucy Sanchez spoke on Census 2010.

  • Keynote Speaker

    • Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Education gave an inspiring speech on Education which included Collaboration with Stakeholders.

  • Rotating Workshops included Grievance Training, ULI Goals and Follow-up, and Collective Bargaining/Negotiations.

  • John O. Mitchell Award went to Sally Sanchez, posthumously.

  • MCFUSE received Awards for

    • Second Largest Total Growth

    • Second Largest Percentage Growth

  • AFT-New Mexico narrowly approved a Resolution Denouncing Arizona’s SB1070 and Calling for a Boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based Businesses.

    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard led the discussion in Opposition to the Resolution.

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”
---Henry Adams 
AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Albuquerque Union Offices
Saturday, January 9, 2010 
  • Christine Trujillo called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.

  • Jennifer Caseman, National AFT Representative, was in attendance.

  • Guest Speaker, Marc Wunder, spoke on NM Explora and its Educational Programs for 2009-10.

  • Fenton Ayres spoke on AFT-NM Benefits.

    • New Membership Cards will begin to be distributed on  January 20th.  Cards are plastic.

    • Members need only follow instructions to activate cards.

    • Home and Auto from MetLife is excellent!

    • Pre-Paid Legal is not offered by AFT due to monthly cost without use.

    • Legal through AFT offers 30 minutes free consultation and 30% off.

  • Jim Beaty and Joe Hill presented AFT-NM Organizing Campaign Pilot Program.

  • Tiffany Fiser presented COPE Update.

  • New application form is being discussed nation-wide.

    • Form would have three parts: membership application, COPE, and Insurance.

  • HB 854 Lawsuit Hearing is set for February.  A new judge has been assigned.

  • March 19-21, 2010—Union Leadership Institute (ULI).$35 per person.

  • April 30-May 1, 2010—AFT Convention

  • New Locals:  Welcome Aboard!!!

    • CYFD Teachers for Juvenile Justice

    • Vista Grande Charter School—Taos

  • Ellen Bernstein presented on Race to the Top.

    • District Boards and Locals are being asked to sign MOU’s on Education/Programs.

    • The main Concern is that Locals could be signing away their Collective Bargaining Rights.

    • (NOTE:  GMCS Supt. Arsenault was very understanding when MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard declined to sign the MOU on Wednesday, 13 January 2010.)

“New Mexico needs Revenue Enhancements not cuts to the Education Budget!”
—Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE 
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, August 29, 2009 
  • Tiffany Fiser, State Affiliate Political Organizer, gave the State Report.

  • Fenton Ayers, AFT-NM Benefits, reported on benefits.

  • Jim Beaty, CBOP Lead Organizer, reported on the recent Organizing Drive.

  • Tim Crone made COPE Presentation.

    • Overview of fiscal crisis in New Mexico and what it means for education; Overview of AFT-NM’s Fight for New Mexico Working Families Campaign; and Importance of the 2010 Election; Raising COPE funds for issues-based campaign.

  • Kathy Chavez facilitated discussion on National AFT Report, ULI, and Paid Lobbyist Resolution Clarification.

  • Christine Trujillo gave updates on IAM/AFT Staff/AFT-NM Negotiations, Educational Partners Proposal, AFT-NM Budget, and HB 854 Litigation.

 “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is work of art.”---Garson Kanin
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
January 10, 2009 
  • Fenton Ayres, AFT-NM Benefits reported on changes to Union Plus Credit Card rates and Workplace Violence Insurance with coverage up to $100,000.

  • Representatives of SUNCAL (developers) presented on Tax Increment Development Districts (TIDD’s).

    • SUNCAL bought Westland Development Company which includes 55,000 acres on the western edge of Albuquerque.  SUNCAL would develop these acres and wants State to reimburse for infrastructure.

    • Of the many concerns, is the risk to funding for STATEWIDE programs and capital outlay (including Education).

    • At the least, SUNCAL would like AFT to stay out of the issue.

  • AFT-NM Executive Council heard from Policy Analyst Anne Stouffer on TIDD’s.

    • Executive Council voted unanimously to take active opposition to TIDD’s.

  • On 20th of January 2009, AFT-NM will close deal on new union offices.  The new location is north of Zia Elementary School between Jefferson and Lomas.  We should be in new offices around May.

  • Gerry Bradley presented on the Economy and the 60-day Legislative Session.

  • Policy Analyst Anne Stouffer presented on TIDD’s and the State Budget Cycle.

  • ATF President Ellen Bernstein presented the Education Partners’ Proposal.

  • Senate Bill to be introduced to appropriate $4 million from the General Fund in FY 2010 to raise minimum salary levels of Clerks, Secretaries, and Bookkeepers.

    • Clerk Levels would be $9, $10.50 and $12 per hour.

    • Secretary Levels would be $12, $14, and $16 per hour.

    • Bookkeeper Levels would be $14, $16, and $18 per hour.

  • House Bill to be introduced to provide Access to Quality Child Care Workforce Act for Early Child Education.

  • Kathy Chávez spoke on EA Proposal; 3-tiered System.

AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, September 27, 2008
  • UNM Graduate Assistants presented their case for unionizing. They requested AFT Reps be sent to give presentation on AFT.
  • November 20, 2008Education Partners to go to State Capitol for meetings of LESC and LFC.
  • Kim Zamarin reported on New Mexico Community Foundation.
  • With minor changes in wording, AFT Executive Council passed Resolution in support of New Mexico Integrated Services in the Schools (NMISSI).
  • Doug Gibson reported on Labor 2008.
  • Tim Crone led discussion on Joint Legislative Platform and Goals Report.
  • Ellen Bernstein gave NM Education Partners Report.
  • Christine Trujillo and Kathy Chávez have taken on duties for CBOP.
  • CBOP’ers assigned to Gallup will be under them.
  • Kathy Chávez reported on National AFT Executive Council.
  • Discussion was held concerning the possibility of a new Building Purchase.
  • We have outgrown our current facility. Executive Council agreed that Ellen should continue to investigate the prospect.
  • Update was given on Staff Negotiations.
  • AFT National Leadership School will be in Denver, CO from November 6th to the 9th .
  • The AFT Executive Council Meeting scheduled for November 15th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflict with AFT National.
  • Article on MCFUSE and GMCS was featured in the Albuquerque Teachers Federation publication Teachers’ Voice (vol. 11/no. 1 of Sept. 2008).
    • Thanks Ellen!
"Do what you say, but say not what you do."
--Elijah b. Raphael, Tzavaah, 18C. AHE, 309.
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, August 9, 2008
  • An Update was presented on Early Childhood Organizing by Melynda López, Danielle Trujillo, and Andy Lotrich.
  • A presentation was given by Jennifer Kaseman, Western Regional Director.
  • Mike Gurule presented on Membership Data.
  • Doug Gibson spoke on Labor 2008.
  • Ellen Bernstein presented on NM Education Partners.
  • Tim Crone has been appointed to NMPSIA.
"Suspect all and respect all."
--Joshua b. Levi. T: Pirke Ben Azzai, 3.3.
AFT New Mexico
46th Annual Convention
Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque, NM
May 2-3, 2008
  • A reception was held in the Tewa Ballroom where food and live music were enjoyed by all. AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo gave welcoming address.
  • Jerry Quiñones, AFT National, and Charles Boyer, NEA-NM, gave opening remarks.
  • Election of Officers:
  • COPE Vice President Tim Crone
  • Higher Ed VP Donna Swanson
  • K-12 Vice President Kelly Thomas-Coyle
  • PSRP Vice President Vala Myrl Tillman
  • Guest Speaker:
  • Randi Weingarten, President
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Workshops were given on AFT-NM Labor 2008, Labor Law, and Labor History.
  • AFT-NM passed the New Mexico Education Partner’s Resolution on New Mexico Public School Funding.
  • The John Mitchell Award was presented to Emil and Rose Shaw and Carol Ann Armbruster.
  • AFT-NM Executive Council met to discuss/approve Recommendations for Endorsements of Candidates.
"Travel teaches toleration."
--Disraeli, Contarini Fleming, 1832, 5.7.
AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, March 29, 2008 
  • This meeting coincided with the AFT-New Mexico Leadership Conference (March 28-30, 2008).

  • Executive Council heard presentation of Auditor’s Report.

  • Special guests included Judge Campbell and Judge Ben Chavez.

  • Council approved CD1 Recommendation of Martin Heinrich.

  • Paul Swanson, of the Education Retirement Board, gave a presentation and took questions.

    • (NOTE: MCFUSE can arrange for similar presentation for members in Gallup if enough interest is shown.)

“No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.”—The Talmud
AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, January 12, 2008 
  • Special guests included Paul Vasquez of the AFL-CIO and Martin Heinrich who is running for Congress from Congressional District 1.  (NOTE: Heinrich is impressive.  For more information, go to:

  • Emil Shaw, President of the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans, presented on common goal to protect Social Security and fight for Health Care for all.

  • Tiffany Fiser presented on the New Mexico Legislative Focus including Priorities during Session, Lobbying Commitments, and Lobbying Tools.

    • Tiffany also presented on New Mexico Political Environment: Caucuses, Election Timeline, and Endorsements.

  • Fenton Ayres, AFT-NM Member Benefits presented on Student Loan Consolidation Program and AFT Membership Card.  GMAC Auto and Home Insurance Program has been cancelled as a benefit.

  • Ellen Bernstein presented the Education Partners Report of 2008 Legislative Proposals.  The Education Partners is a coalition of professional organizations that includes AFT-NM, NEA-NM, NM Coalition of School Administrators, the New Mexico PTA, and the NM School Boards Association.

  • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard presented AFT-NM Representatives with Certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Service on behalf of the MCFUSE Executive Council.  The Certificates were presented to those who have consistently demonstrated high standards of unionism and have been instrumental in the success of MCFUSE and its membership---not to mention, inspirational.

    • The framed Certificates were professionally printed, signed by all Executive Council members, and embossed with the official MCFUSE Seal.

  • The scheduled Executive Session dealt with the negotiated agreement with staff and the President and Executive VP contracts.

“It is a duty to honor every scholar, even if he’s not one’s teacher.”
--Moses Maimonides
“Who is ignorant?  He who does not educate his children.”
-—The Talmud
“Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.”
AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, November 17, 2007 
  • Don Wiviott gave a presentation to the Council.  Mr. Wiviott is a Santa Fe businessman who is running for Udall’s seat.  Udall is running for Domenici’s seat.

  • Presentation was made by Kim Zamarin of EMERGE NM; an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women for political positions.

  • Andy Lotrich, Jessica Smith, and Jerry Quinones presented on the Early Childhood Organizing Project.

  • Tiffany Fiser presented on the New Mexico Political Environment.

  • Council received New Mexico Education Partners Legislative Update.

  • Council was advised of Card Authorization Blitz to be conducted in Gallup the week of November 26th.  Presidents were invited and encouraged to come to Gallup to participate.

  • AFT-NM has changed carriers:  from Verizon to AT&T.

  • Local Presidents ULI:  February 23-24, 2008.

“A Union’s greatest weakness is the indifference of its members to their own affairs.”
AFT New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, September 28, 2007 
  • Presentation was given by Stephanie Moraga McHaley of the New Mexico Occupational Health Registry and Mary Feldbloom of Health Security.  Health Security would set up New Mexico’s own health care system.

  • AFT-NM made donation to Health Security.

  • District health concerns may be sent to

  • Mr. Doug Gibson has been hired to fill the Field Staff position of Andy Lotrich who is now Director for Early Childhood Education Organizing Project.

    • Doug has been active for years, is knowledgeable, and will be recognized by anyone who has ever attended a New Mexico AFL-CIO Convention.

    • Andy was also elected recently to the Early Childhood Alliance.

    • Mazel tov to you both!

  • Union Day is November 23, 2007.

  • Tiffany Fiser presented on the New Mexico Political Environment.  ALL seats are up for election in 2008.  Discussion of Goals held as well as the adoption of the Legislative Platform.

  • ATF President Ellen Bernstein spoke on the Statewide Dossier Support Proposal.

  • Ellen Bernstein and Kathy Chavez reported on the success of a Colorin Colorado activity.

  • Mr. Jeff Carr, Taos, is running for State Senate, District 7.

  • Rethea Morris, Director, gave Update Report on CBOP.

  • Local Presidents’ Forum:

    • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard voiced concern over school electives.

    • Elective classes seem to be decreasing and taking a back seat to content area courses—mainly Math and Science.  Students are pulled out of electives for interventions in other areas.

“A sinner is one who deprives himself of wine.”
AFT-New Mexico
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, August 4, 2007
  • Cindy Chavez of EF Travel gave presentation on 2008 Royal Tour of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • Rethea Morris gave report on CBOP 2007-08.
  • NM Retiree Healthcare Presentation given by Joe Montano and Tom Sullivan.
  • Governor Richardson to give proposal mid-September.
  • Field Staff is needed to replace Andy Lotrich who will be working as Director of the New Mexico Early Childhood Organizing Program.
  • Reports given on RRSEU/AFT/NEA meetings; Jurisdictional Agreement; and Working America.
  • AFT-New Mexico has new auditors.
  • AFT-New Mexico voted to endorse New Mexico Schools for the Arts Charter School.
  • New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) Most costly claims: --weather (hail storms, etc.)
  • --impropriety/molestation of students
  • Poms and Associates offer Legal Workshops for Districts.
  • OSHA offers a 10-hour Training.
New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Marriott Hotel, Albuquerque
June 15-16, 2007
  • Delegates enjoyed dancing to live Mexican, Country Western, and Rock music Friday night.  Included were hors d’ oeuvres and a no-host bar.

  • Fundraisers consisted of live and blind auctions and a 50/50 raffle.

  • Michelle Gutierrez was re-elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer.

  • Resolutions were passed Supporting Pro-Labor PERA Candidates as well as Supporting No New Mexico Child Inside.

  • The following Special Guests and Speakers took time out of their busy schedules to attend and participate in our 2007 Biennial Convention:

    • Jerry Acosta, National AFL-CIO Western Region Director

    • Lonnie Dame, Four Corners CLC President

    • Cam Duncan, NLC Southwest Organizing School

    • Linda Chávez-Thompson, National AFL-CIO Executive Vice President

    • Don Manning, National AFL-CIO Political Campaign Director

    • Paul Vásquez, National AFL-CIO Senior Field Representative

    • Dr. Gabriela Lemos, LCLAA Josie Marrujo, AFGE/LCLAA President

    • Hector Balderas, State Auditor

    • Senator Jeff Bingaman

    • Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish

    • David Duhigg. New Mexico Trial Lawyers

    • Brian Colón, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico

    • Jennifer Ford, America Votes Representative

    • Miguel García, Chair of Labor and Human Resources

    • Irasema Garza, Working America

    • Secretary of State Mary Herrera

    • Attorney General Gary King

    • State Treasurer James Lewis

    • Joe Shirley, President of the Navajo Nation

    • Representative Mimi Stewart, Chair of Government and Urban Affairs

    • Mike Swisher, United Way of Central New Mexico

    • Representative Tom Udall

    • Margo White, Pandemic Influenza2007 Biennial Convention

AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, April 21, 2007 
  • The following positions were approved:

    • Vice Chair of COPE/Legislative Committee Higher Ed. Vice-President Delegates to State Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO COPE Convention

  • Deborah Gorman presented on programs and benefits of American Income Life.

  • Council voted to decline affiliation.

  • Officials for AFT-NM Convention approved.

  • Presentations were made on Election Review 2006 and Legislative Outcomes 2007.

  • Highlights presented on Santa Fe Budget Conference.

AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, January 13, 2007 
  • Reports and Updates were given on CBOP, Member Benefits, State Audit, and the Joint Legislative Agenda.

  • Attendance was low due to inclement weather and travel advisories.

AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
Saturday, November 18, 2006


  • AFT-NM President Christine Trujillo debriefed Council on the Labor 2006 November 7 Election.

  • Council discussed and approved changes to the AFT-NM Legal Services Policy.

  • Friday, January 26, 2007—AFT Day at the Rotunda.

  • Much discussion was held on the New Mexico Education Partners Presentation to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC).

  • This coalition includes AFT New Mexico, NEA-New Mexico, the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, the New Mexico PTA, and the New Mexico School Boards Association.

  • The Presentation is the 2007 Budget Proposal which includes a list of priorities in Classroom, Staff Support, and Infrastructure Expenditures with justification for each.

    • Although items listed were worthy of priority and approved by all other Local Presidents, MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard dissented as empirical data denotes unfavorable results to students and staff in Gallup-McKinley County School District due in large part to implementation without input.

    • Bernard also felt that prioritizing an Extended School Year without first addressing Student Attendance was “putting the cart before the horse” and would only serve to penalize school staff.

“Sense and regret come too late.”
Sholom Aleichem, A Boidem, 1899.
Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
September 16, 2006 
  • Executive Council members walked for Patricia Madrid from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.  An outdoor barbeque was enjoyed upon return.

  • Reports and recommendations were given by the COPE Committee.

  • Report was given on the New Mexico Education Partners legislative initiative.

  • Executive Council members will attend AFT-New Mexico Day at Legislature on Friday, January 26th.

  • Old Business included Back-to-School Recruitment Reports, changes in Officers, and political action at Local levels.

  • Pat Graph of AFT gave a workshop on the Professional Development Dossier.

    • Workshops on PDD will continue.Email:  for dates and cost.

    • Instructors will even review Dossiers and provide feedback.

AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Union Offices, Albuquerque
August 5, 2006 
  • Rethea Morris presented the summer report on the Collective Bargaining Organizing Program (CBOP). 

  • Presidents gave updates on contract negotiations and New Teacher/Back To School Orientations.

  • Discussion was held concerning LFC Report on Consensus Revenue Estimates and the Projected Windfall in new General Fund monies.

  • Report was given from Congressional District #1.

  • Tiffany Fiser spoke on Labor 2006 Program and Political Landscape.

  • Discussion was held concerning legal expenditures.

  • Presidents Roundtable:  MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard talked on Baldrige/Systems Approach/Jim Shipley and the resulting exodus of GMCS teachers this school year and reportedly next year.

On Baldrige, Systems, and Shipley:“Not being satisfied with sucking the joy and passion out of teaching, the District Office has evidently decided to suck the teaching out of teaching.”
Brian J. Bernard
President MCFUSE 


2006 C.O.P.E. Convention
New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Las Cruces Hilton
June 23-24, 2006 
  • Rudy Zamora, President, SW New Mexico Central Labor Council, opened the Convention.

  • Daniel Rivera, Executive Director, New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, welcomed Delegates to the Convention. 

  • This is the last Convention with Daniel Rivera as Executive Director.

  • Christine Trujillo, President, New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, called the Convention to order.

  • Jerry Acosta, Western Regional Director, greeted Delegates on behalf of the AFL-CIO.

  • Santiago Juarez was Friday’s Keynote Speaker.

  • Labor Workshops were given on Identifying the Problems, Finding Solutions, and Implementing Our Goals.

  • Messages were heard from the following

    • Albert Kissling, Congressional District 2

    • Tom Udall, Congressional District 3

    • Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator

    • Mary Herrera, Secretary of State Candidate

    • Gary King, Attorney General Candidate

    • Jim Baca, Land Commissioner

    • James B. Lewis, State Treasurer Candidate

    • Governor Richardson

    • Lieutenant Governor Denish.

    • (NOTE: Let’s not forget Patricia Madrid who is running against Heather Wilson.)

  • Navajo Nation President, Dr. Joe Shirley, Jr. flew in from Billings, MT to address the AFL-CIO Convention Delegates.  President Shirley voiced his support for organized labor as part of a plan for fair and decent living wages to raise the living standard on the reservation.  This support for organized labor can be seen in several upcoming projects in the Navajo Nation which include six casinos.

  • MCFUSE President, Brian J. Bernard spoke with President Shirley after his address and requested support for students and employees in the Gallup-McKinley County School District.

  • Resolutions passed

    • Resolution for Unity of the Labor Movement through Solidarity Charters

    • Resolution for AFL-CIO to Support Indian Tribes of the United States Against the Energy Policy Act of 2005: Section 1813, Indian Land Rights of Way

    • Resolution Urging Democratically Elected Officials of the State to Urge President Vicente Fox to Restore Napoleon Gomez as General Secretary of “Los Mineros.”

“The roads to power, money, and integrity seldom converge.”
--Brian J. Bernard, President MCFUSE



AFT-New Mexico’s
44th Annual Convention
Uptown Sheraton, Albuquerque
Friday & Saturday, May 5-6, 2006 
  • Author Jim Hightower signed books at a reception open to the public Friday evening.  Refreshments were served and several had photographs taken with Mr. Hightower.

  • Funds were raised for COPE with a Flea Market in the NW Parking Lot of the Sheraton and a Silent Auction inside the Convention Ballroom.  Items were donated by members, locals, AFT-NM leadership and staff.

  • Christine Trujillo, President AFT-New Mexico, delivered the State of the State address.

  • Delegates listened to Candidate Speeches prior to Elections.

  • Election results:  

    • Vala Myrl Tillman, PSRP Vice President

    • Bill Kuipers, Higher Ed. Vice President

    • Gene McCracken, K-12 Vice President

    • Tim Crone, COPE/Legislative Vice President

  • Constitution/By-Laws Amendments & Resolutions:

    • Formation of State COPE Committee

    •  AFT-NM President granted authority to appoint COPE Committee Members which are demographically    representative of AFT-New Mexico.

    •  AFT-NM Executive Council has expanded state’s endorsements of political office to include Attorney General, State Land Commissioner, State Auditor, and State Treasurer.

    •  Every Local will try to obtain at least 10 volunteers by June and 10 volunteers by September for 2006 Election.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, Inc. and AFT-New Mexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of providing a successful and mutually beneficial relationship between both.

  • Santiago Juarez, Executive Director of NM Progressive Alliance for Community Empowerment was Luncheon Speaker.

  • Patricia Madrid, currently Attorney General running against Heather Wilson, was also a Luncheon Speaker.

  • Noted, Best-selling Author Jim Hightower gave the Keynote Speech. (Check out the Hall of Fame)

  • Rotating workshops were held on topics of Organizing, No Child Left Behind, and Election 2006.

“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.”
AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Uptown Sheraton, Albuquerque
Saturday, May 6, 2006 
  • Discussion was held concerning AFT/ATF facilities.

  • Council discussed Constitution/By-Laws Amendments and Resolutions for Convention.

  • Discussion was held on AFT-NM’s new rubric for candidate endorsements, process, and protocol.

“A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.”
Executive Council Meeting
AFT-NM Offices
Saturday, October 15, 2005
  • Rethea Morris reported on the Collective Bargaining Organizing Project.

  • Christine Trujillo and Tiffany Fiser presented on Legislative Agenda/Statewide, the Minimum Wage Campaign, and Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign.

    • (Check out and

  • Fenton Ayres reported on AFT Benefits.

  • Bernalillo Central Labor Council to meet October 22, 2005.  Heroes of Labor to be nominated.

  • Tiffany Fiser reported on Contract for Successful Schools Campaign.

  • LFC meeting to be held in Room 307 of Capitol at 8:00 am on October 26, 2005.

  • Mr. John Abraham of Washington, DC gave presentation on the national concerted effort to abolish the Defined Benefits Retirement Plan. 

    • Defined Benefits Pension—Cannot be outlived, continues forever

    • Defined Contribution Pension—Ends at contribution amount/limit

    • Huge transition costs will be incurred in switch.

    • Extremely detrimental to all employees looking to retire:  ALL OF US!!!

  • Presidents’ Roundtable:

    • Presidents from around New Mexico discussed issues concerning their Locals.  Much focus dealt with District, State, and Federal Education/Training Programs and Initiatives that have “sucked the passion, joy, and people out of teaching.”  


AFT-NM Executive Council Meeting
Sheraton Uptown Hotel, Albuquerque
Saturday, May 14, 2005
  • Discussion held on Dues Structure.

  • MCFUSE President Brian Bernard gave status report for Committee on Staff Job Descriptions/Evaluations.

  • Budget for 2005-2006 approved.

  • Report on Staff Negotiations given.

  • Summer Organizing Institute will be held July 27-29, 2005.

  • Fall Strategic Planning Retreat discussed.  (Date TBD)


NMFEE Executive Council Meeting Highlights
2 April 2005 
  • All locals reported on efforts to gain bargaining, membership drives, and negotiations.

  • Post mortem report on 2005 legislative session:

    • An update given on bills that passed and those waiting to be signed, our losses and gains.

    • MCFUSE President Bernard distributed a candidate endorsement resolution and, after explanation, made a motion to approve it. The resolution changes the way NMFEE calculates legislative scorecards by weighting committee and chamber membership more heavily. Motion was seconded by R. Olivas. Ellen Bernstein added a friendly amendment that there would be a draft by the May Convention. Motion was approved.

  • NMFEE Convention on May 13 and 14.

  • Interviews are set to fill CBOP vacancies.

  • Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year. A Los Alamos teacher is the Milken Award winner.

  • Staff negotiations have concluded and an update was given. The MCFUSE President made a motion for probation time for new staff to increase from 3 months to 6 months. Motion was approved.

  • Local President’s Forum

    • Ellen Bernstein discussed the Governor’s Council of Teachers and the inclusion of Charter School employees in bargaining units.

  • The change from NMFEE to AFT-New Mexico is being discussed.

  • Another $.50 increase is dues is needed. A committee is to meet for discussion.

Every state is known by the rights it maintains.


From equal rights to brotherhood is still quite far.


NMFEE Executive Council Meeting
April 2, 2005
  • Report given on recent CB Campaigns and those pending.

  • Collective Bargaining Victory at Chama with 90% of vote!

  • Rio Rancho is celebrating 10th anniversary as AFT affiliate.

  • Post-Mortem Report given on 2005 Legislature.  Tenor of session also discussed including false and inappropriate remarks by legislators depicting teachers as “greedy,” “selfish,” and “stupid.”

  • MCFUSE President Brian J. Bernard submitted Resolution to Change Candidate Scorecard Format to more accurately reflect actions of politicians (i.e. stalling, tabling, and postponing maneuvers).  Resolution passed unanimously.  A committee was assigned to address the format.

  • NM Federation of Educational Employees Carl D. Weiner Scholarship Applications have been distributed to school districts.

  • NMFEE Convention to be held Saturday, May 14, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel.

  • State Federation of Labor Convention to be held Friday and Saturday, June 10 & 11, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel.  

  • Local President Forum.

“In politics nothing is contemptible.” –Disraeli
“In politics there is no honor.” –Gentili 
“Just as a man of muscle may be attracted to pugilism, so a man without character is drawn into politics.  It is a calling that turns his flaws into assets.” –Hecht
"Politics---where they pat you on the back so they’ll know where to stick the knife." -Hershfield

NMFEE Executive Council Meeting
January 15, 2005 
  • A presentation was made to the entire Executive Council of the AFT's 2004 Rollie Hopgood Award for exemplary efforts to build state federation capacity.  The formal presentation was made at the AFT's 2004 State Federation Presidents' Conference held in November in New Orleans.  More info. to follow.

  • The Independent Auditor's Report of June 2004 was presented and discussed. 

  • AFT Benefits Presentation was given by State Member Benefits Representative Fenton Ayres. 

  • NMFEE Executive Council voted in favor of supporting Somos Un Pueblo which is campaigning for change in laws to allow immigrants to receive financial aid for college. 

  • Discussion was held concerning state-wide School Board Elections. 

  • Albuquerque Secretarial/Clerical Association has presented a Living Wage Resolution for the purpose of securing legislative funding wholly dedicated to significant wage and cost-of-living increases for APS secretarial/clerical/bookkeeping workers on the "B" Salary Schedule. 

  • NMFEE Retirees submitted a Resolution to oppose any attempt  to privatize Social Security.

  • The NEA-NMFEE 2005 Joint Legislative Platform and Goals discussed. 

  • Applications for Field Organizer are currently being accepted by NMFEE.  Competitive salary and benefits! 

  • The NMFEE Executive Council unanimously approved a Resolution submitted by MCFUSE dealing with increased accountability and service to locals.  

  • The Albuquerque Teachers Federation has re-started its Dial-A-Teacher program. Students can call 1-800-94STUDY Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 PM to get help with homework. Se habla Espanol!

  • The Dial-A-Teacher program has been accepted as a designated charity in the United Way Combined Federal Campaign.

  • We can help through employee contributions to the United Way of Central New Mexico Campaign.

  • Important: GMCS Employees

    • Weingarten Rights: If you are denied a representative in a meeting with Administration which results in disciplinary action, termination, a affects your personal working conditions, call MCFUSE immediately!

NMFEE Executive Council Meeting

2 October 2004 

  • Attorneys Lee Peifer and Justin Lesky gave a Law Workshop in the morning. Training dealt with Employee Rights and Prohibited Practices under the Public Employees Bargaining Act (PEBA).

  • Council Members discussed the Legislative Platform and Goals. Discussion included but was not limited to:

    • Modification of the training and Experience (T&E) Index

    • A 3-tiered system for related services and support personnel

    • Annual cost of living increases for educational employees

    • Continued implementation and funding of the EA “career ladder.”

    • Higher Education employment practices

  • Also discussed were the Educational Retirement System, Health Insurance Consolidation, and Tax Credits for Private Schools.



27 March 2004

  • MCFUSE needs two more delegates to attend the NMFEE Convention on May 15 at the Sheraton Hotel in Albuquerque. MCFUSE will pay for mileage. Delegate names must be submitted to MCFUSE by April 15.

  • Professional Development Dossier:

    • The new 3-Tiered Licensure program taking effect on July 1 will require teachers in New Mexico who wish to advance between levels to do a Professional Development Dossier (PDD).

    • All teachers moving from Level 1 to Level 2 are required to do a PDD.

    • Teachers applying to move to Level 3 must also complete a PDD.

    • At no time in a teacher's career will more than one PDD be required.

    • No teacher is required to move to Level 3 during his/her career.

    • To reach Level 3, a teacher will be required to compete a PDD.

    • A PDD is not required to renew licensure, but it is required to move up a level.

    • More information can be found at the following at

  • A special reception was held for the NMFEE Presidents Council by Ameridream on March 26 at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque.

    • The reception was held to celebrate Ameridream as a new AFT member benefit: Ameridream pays the downpayment on homes for AFT members and their families.

  • The New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans invites members and affiliates to attend its Founding Convention in Albuquerque on May 8 at the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Hall.

  • HB2 Compensation

    • The legislature approved a 2% across the board raise on salaries and allocated the money.

    • Those not receiving a 2% raise should contact their union representatives or legislators.

  • Membership

    • Union membership in Dulce is over 70% for teachers.

    • 50% of the other employees are union members.

    • Membership in APS is over %50.

  • Dulce

    • The Dulce Superintendent, Business Manager, other other administrative employees resigned.

    • The Dulce district was ordered to pay back wages to a fired union president.

    • The district was ordered to pay costs for litigation.

    • The district was ordered to release information requested via the Public Information Act.

  • American Teacher Magazine

    • K-12 educators should be receiving the American Teacher every quarter. Paraprofessionals should be receiving the PSRP Reporter four times per year.

17 January 2004


Member Benefits:

  • Disney World AFT 2004 Union Leisure Rate: Discounted lodging at the Walt Disney Resort

  • Dine Prime: AFT members receive 40% off membership with this cash back rewards program that save 20% off your bill at over 10,500 restaurants coast-to-coast.

  • Theme Park Package: AFT members saving on car rentals and hotels (30% off).

  • Student Loan Consolidation now extends to grandchildren.


  • Infinite Dispute Resolution Services:

    • Marlene Schwaljé and former Governor Jerry Apodaca gave a presentation on Infinite Dispute Resolution Services, LLC. This company provides a full range of alternative resolution services including mediation, arbitration, facilitation, collaboration, and workplace training for both the public and private sectors. This would be an excellent opportunity for training of both GMCS administrators and staff.


  • Vote:

    • Don’t forget to vote in the February 3 Democratic Primary.

    • McKinley County Polling places:

  1. Twinlakes Chapter House

  2.  Crownpoint Chapter House

  3.  Zuni Fire Station

  4. Octavia Fellin Public Library


  • Resolution of EA Three-Tier Licensure

    • Pay Plan: $15,000, $20,000, $25,000

    • Letters are needed to support this pay plan. The Governor is not accepting emails. To sign a petition go to: and select the GET ACTIVE option.


  • Open Legislative Education Committee Hearing

    • January 31, 2004 from 12:30-3:30 at the House Chambers, State Capitol Building, Santa Fe.


  • State Convention May 14 &15, 2004.


  • Requirements of NCLB will be adopted into IDEA within 1 year.


  • LESC Meeting

    • Librarians will be included in a bill this year to put them on the teacher’s salary schedule.

    • Those qualifying for Tier 3 can be grandfathered in before January 30, 2004. More information at


  • The state wants a 10-year background check for DWI. AFT calls this an infringement of civil rights and double jeopardy.


  • AFT/Ameridream is a go.

    • New benefit provides a down payment for a house.


  • Legislature wants to consolidate NMPSIA. The judge is still out on this.