NEA-NM Local Union Affiliates Make Important Gains at the Bargaining Table Across the State
From Santa Fe to Bernalillo to Deming to Carlsbad, and across the state, Local wins at the table, cemented in union contracts, mean
improved working conditions for educators and learning conditions for students.
Having a voice at the bargaining table is critical to building strong unions. Collective bargaining is the formal process where educators sit as equals with District Administrators to negotiate over working conditions prioritized by our colleagues, such as wage, benefits, and non-economic like health and safety protocols.
Congratulations to members across the state who made these wins possible, and we invite potential members to join us to continue building strong unions! While the majority of local affiliates are currently in negotiations with districts, view some highlights from wins at the table below.
- Increase in pay for Instructional Assistants while substituting for Teachers
- Increase all Level One salaries by $8,000, and Levels Two and Three by $10,000.
- Classified Staff receive a $2.50 per hour increase, exceeding the legislatively mandated 7% increases
- Level 1 60K, Level 2 65K, Level 3 75K for a 183-day contract.
- Close to an $8,000 pay increase for social workers
- Majority of ESP pay scale was extended from 14 years to 25, giving the most experienced staff an increase in their steps each year.
- Improved language around investigations, disciplinary action, and employee rights
- Increased accountability of non-bargaining unit employees regarding District Employee Standards of Conduct
- Mandatory voluntary exit interviews
- Clarification on work location when outside of the duty day
- Transparency around stipends codified in language.
- End of year $400 retention stipend for staying in SF
- $2,000 stipend in October for returning the next school year
- Employer continues to cover 100% of increases in insurance premiums, same as past five years
- Improved Paid maternity leave
- Allowing staff buying back sick days
These are our wins. You told us, we delivered!
- A 7% pay raise for all public school educators
- Increased Statewide Teacher Licensure levels to $50,000 for Level One, $60,000 for Level Two, and, $70,000 for Level Three
- $15 minimum wage for all public school educators
- An unprecedented $3.8 billion in funding for public education
- Defeated mandatory K-5 Plus and Extended Learning Program
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- Require districts to pay a minimum of 80% health insurance premium per paycheck.
- Provide sufficient funds to ensure the long-term solvency of the New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority (NMRHCA).
- Guarantee educators adequate paid time to plan lessons, work collaboratively to improve professional practice, and assess and meet the needs of students and families.
- Fully fund a statewide rollout of the Community Schools strategy for all high-poverty schools.
- Support Community Schools with much-needed technical assistance and professional development.
Class Size & Staffing
- Restore funding for sufficient staff, including highly qualified teachers and support service professionals.
- Statutorily prohibit blanket class size waivers and obfuscatory class size averaging loopholes.
Early Childhood Education
- Approve the constitutional amendment providing for additional annual distributions of the permanent school fund for underfunded early childhood education programs and K-12.