"We know that high-quality early childhood education and care levels the playing field for all kids. We also know that it's a solid economic investment: Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood programs saves us up to eight dollars in the future. Today, we are taking a stand. No more excuses. Let's give every child in New Mexico the same opportunities to thrive and succeed." -- AFT Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker
"Today, we come together as one unified force—parents, educators, center owners and community members, people who care about the future for our kids—to stand up and say 'enough is enough." -- Early Educators United President Carmella Salinas
In October 2015, Albuquerque Teachers Federation and AFT New Mexico headed to the capitol to unveil thousands of post cards signed by Albquerque Public School teachers in protest of the Governor's $100 debit card proposal.
"Every day, educators address the larger impacts of poverty and mental and physical health needs that the Martinez administration chooses to systematically ignore. $100 will not buy our silence on these issues." -Albuquerque Teachers Federation
In September of 2015, AFT leadership, state legislators and community groups came together to send a message that New Mexico MUST invest in Early Childhood Education as it is a key component of a world class education system.
In April 2015 a group of labor unions toured New Mexico in the famous labor bus thanking Democratic Legislators for standing strong for workers and thier families during the 60-day 2015 Legislative Session. The stops included: Grants, Gallup, Silver City, Deming, Las Cruces and Albuquerque. Sponsors included: AFSCME Council 18, AFT New Mexico, IATSE 480, New Mexico Federation of Labor, Teamsters Local 492, UFCW Local 1564 and United Steelworkers. It was a great success!