SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of state workers are owed back pay totaling millions of dollars, New Mexico’s highest court ruled Thursday in a victory for unions representing public employees.
The state Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that determined about 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration didn’t follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature about five years ago.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration estimated the ruling will cost the state at least $23 million for back pay, but there could be additional costs, including adjusted pension benefits for workers who have retired. Pensions are based on a worker’s average salary.
Union lawyer Shane Youtz said the court’s decision was a “testament of how clear-cut this Login to read more