AFT New Mexico Reacts To Signing Of Legislation To Empower Hourly And Licensed Classified Educators
ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez and NM Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-13) released the following statements:
“The signing of House Bill 47 is welcome news for thousands of educational employees in New Mexico’s public schools.
“By respecting the work performed by educational assistants, transportation workers, custodial and maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, clerical workers, and other critical educational employees, New Mexico is sending a meaningful message that job security matters and all educators deserve our respect for the work done on behalf of our students and communities.
Classified staff across New Mexico owe Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero a debt of gratitude for carrying this legislation for over five years, and we thank Governor Lujan Grisham for signing this legislation which was vetoed by the prior administration,” Chavez said.
“Our educational assistants and classified workers are an incredible asset to our teachers, students, and to the successes in the classroom. I am happy to have carried legislation which recognizes, dignifies, and values their contributions and ensures their job security,” Roybal Caballero said.