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Albuquerque Pays Workers To Do Union Work

It's a sweet deal, if you're not a taxpayer


The City of Albuquerque pays union officers to conduct union business on city time.  At worst, they are being paid by taxpayers to act against the city's interest.  At best, they spend their work week serving two masters at odds with each other.

The union officers on the city's payroll decide how they spend their time.  The city has no way of judging their job performance, and barely knows what they do in exchange for their paychecks.  For the past eleven months, the City of Albuquerque been requiring union officers to fill out logs recording what they do on the city's clock in an effort to impose some measure of accountability. But an inspection of those logs shows they contain mysteries even the City's head of Human Resources cannot decipher.