City files lawsuit against major unions


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.

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