Albuquerque Sues Over Union Work

The city of Albuquerque is suing three labor unions over claims that their leaders drew pay while conducting union business.

The complaint, filed in New Mexico District Court in late June, seeks restitution of $927K from the unions, including the police and firefighter unions, according to the Albuquerque Journal (

Some union presidents and representatives have drawn their regular city pay while handling union work during the day, such as attending sessions to negotiate contracts, a practice which was allowed under union contracts that have expired. The city says the practice continued despite an effort to get “union time” allowed again.

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