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New Mexico expects a peak in COVID-19 cases in May.[1] So New Mexicans are sacrificing, to slow the virus down and flatten the curve. You know who’s not sacrificing? Hospital executives. Across our state, they’re reducing hours and laying off hospital workers by the hundreds, just when we need them most. 

Their excuse? That hospital bottom lines are taking a hit due to the decrease in elective surgeries. The reality? The governor has given New Mexico hospitals $30 million in federal stimulus dollars to help them weather losses--federal help from the CARES Act for hospitals, health care systems


Dear AFT NM Members:

It seems much longer than a week since we learned Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her decision to suspend the remainder of the academic year and move to a remote learning format.

Through this unprecedented period, we have been in constant contact with the Governor’s staff, NM PED, NM HED, and other appropriate agencies to ensure you are being supported as you continue to deliver educational services to our students, their families, and our communities.

Additionally, we have seen that our members across the state have stepped up to this challenge by finding


AFT New Mexico Winter Newsletter


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Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.


By Dr. Kathy Jenkins, President of the NMHU Facutly & Staff Association 


New Mexico budget shows commitment to public schools

New Mexico educators are celebrating their recent success in pushing the state Legislature to support a positive agenda for the state's public schools.

Just days after huge crowds of AFT New Mexico members and their allies packed the state house in Santa Fe for a lively rally (, the state Senate joined the House in passing a budget that boosts funding for higher education, funds class-size reduction and increase wages for all education employees, including an additional