New Mexico state workers settle in union dues case

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has agreed to pay about $16,000 to dozens of nonunion state employees as the result of a settlement over union dues.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that New Mexico Department of Information Technology employee David McCutcheon filed the lawsuit in December objecting to having union dues automatically deducted from his pay.

Authorities say the high court previously ruled that it’s a First Amendment violation to the force public sector workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

The Communications Workers of America and the state Personnel Office agreed to refund $15,000 taken from 67 state employees and an additional $1,000 for McCutcheon taken prior to the 2018 high court case.

Local Union President Donald Alire couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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