City files lawsuit against major unions

Albuquerque fire department
The City of Albuquerque has filed a lawsuit to get back nearly a million dollars unions collected on city time.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is suing its three major unions to get back almost a million dollars its leaders collected for doing union work on city time.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state district court.

Mayor RJ Berry has strongly opposed the practice which was a part of union contracts before he took office in 2009.

The lawsuit states leaders of AFSCME and the police and fire unions collected about $929,000 since 2011 after the old contracts expired.

More recent union contracts require leaders to draw from a donated pool of leave time if they want to be paid for doing union work while on the clock. 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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