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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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