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Today negotiators for New Mexico State University and employees represented by AFSCME-NMSU agreed to a tentative collective bargaining agreement. Both sides must still officially ratify the terms before it becomes a contract.
The agreement is the result of six to eight months of negotiations. Both sides said they are optimistic about the new agreement and what it means for both the university and its workers.
"We worked hard to reach a fair agreement," said Barbara Arispe, a records technician at the Doņa Ana Cooperative Extension Service and an AFSCME-NMSU bargaining team member. "We look forward to a growing and productive partnership with the NMSU administration."
"We feel this is the beginning of a good relationship between AFSCME and the university," said Bruce Kite, NMSU general counsel. "This is a chance for both sides to come together and work toward moving the university community forward."
Details of the agreement will be voted on by AFSCME-NMSU union members in a combined on-site and mail ballot over the next week and a half. The ratification vote will be counted on May 2. The NMSU Board of Regents will also meet to vote on the measure.
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