Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

PNM Resisting Union Efforts.(Business)

Byline: Rosalie Rayburn Journal Staff Writer

PNM has hired an out-of-state consulting firm to oppose union efforts to organize gas workers.

The cost of the anti-union campaign will eventually hit ratepayers, claims an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Public Service Company of New Mexico is making workers "attend mandatory meetings (with) union-busting consultants all over the state on company time," said local IBEW business manager Andy Palmer.

The meetings are to persuade 370 gas workers not to vote to join the IBEW, Palmer said. They are being held in Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell and Santa Fe, Palmer said. …

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