Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unions say Martinez wrongly fired labor board and director

Members of organized labor groups today asked the state Supreme Court to reinstate the director and three members of the Public Employees Labor Relations Board, all of whom have been dismissed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

"Governor Susana Martinez exceeded her authority in firing the entire Public Employee Labor Relations Board in violation of state law," NMFL AFL-CIO President Christine Trujillo said in a statement.

"Her agenda is no different from that of Republican Wisconsin Governor (Scott) Walker … she, along with the Tea Party controlled Republican Party across the United States are attempting to pick off the rights of American workers to collectively provide safe and equitable work environments."

The rub comes as workers with grievances say they now have nowhere to turn with complaints under the state's Public Employee Bargaining Act, which the board enforces.

Seeking comment from Martinez.

Here is a copy of the filing

WRIT FINAL Filing With Supreme Court of New Mexico. 03.16.11.

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