Group, worker suing state for workers compensation benefits

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and [...]

Two state road workers killed

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Freedom New Mexico A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. He was one of two workers killed on state roads Thursday. Steve Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m., State Police [...]

U.S. Census Bureau hiring census workers

The Census needs help. U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Census Center is recruiting for hundreds of temporary part-time jobs in New Mexico, according to a news release. Positions hired now will take part in early operations in 2009 that support the upcoming 2010 Census. Cathy Illian, director of the bureau’s

House bill guarantees wages

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez: The New Mexican House Labor and Human Resources Committee members approved a bill aimed at protecting New Mexico employees from wage theft. House Bill 489 sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, was approved with a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Among other provisions, the bill aims to guarantee that workers get their [...]

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State-employee union members are counting their blessings that New Mexico hasn’t seen layoffs and furloughs of government workers like so many other states this year. As a nod to the tough economic times, they’ve agreed to take a zero percent pay raise through the end of the 2010 fiscal [...]

Local Briefs March 19, 2008

Former NFL player at PHS A retired New York Giant will walk through Portales to help raise money for seriously ill Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. On “a Journey for 9/11” George Martin, a defensive star and co-captain in Super Bowl XXI (1986), is on a 3,500-plus mile trek to raise money for the [...]

Illegal immigrant problem unrelated to property, fences

The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their land to plot the [...]

Bilingual services available to voters

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers Bilingual services are available for voters in the March 4 municipal elections in Portales and Clovis. Spanish-language voters will have the aid of bilingual precinct workers and a translating device at each of the precincts. Called AutoMARK, the device has an audible and visual translation of the ballot for voters, [...]

Outsourcing of agriculture may be less than beneficial

Editorial We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration proposal to [...]

Proposed labor policy riddled with problems

Editorial Labor Day began at the instigation of labor unions in the 1860s as a way to celebrate the “working man” and demonstrate the “esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” As membership in unions (except, interestingly, government employee unions) has waned, the day has increasingly become, unofficially, the Last Great Barbecue of [...]