Thousands of state workers to get back pay

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Thousands of current and former New Mexico state workers will receive back pay beginning this summer.

It’s a result of a union dispute that dates back to the Richardson administration.

While the governor had negotiated a pay hike with two unions, the legislature had ordered the money to be spread among all state workers leaving union workers short of what they had been promised.

After a legal fight, the state has now agreed to pay more than 10,000 workers back pay.

Approximately 5,700 current employees will also receive a corrected hourly rate beginning in June.

While the state says the checks will start going out in July, they’re about $300,000 short and are trying to figure out where to get that money.

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