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Vanguard Minimum Wage Gains in New Mexico


Long before the “Fight for $15” took fire coast to coast, Working America was at the forefront of minimum wage gains in New Mexico.

  • A Raise for 40,000 Albuquerque Workers—In 2011, we educated working-class communities in Albuquerque about the minimum wage issue. Many people were unaware how low the minimum was, and we found widespread support for raising it. In 2012, gathering more than 26,000 signatures, we were successful in placing a minimum wage increase on the November ballot. On Nov. 6, 2012, 2 out of 3 Albuquerqueans voted in favor of increasing the city’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 with annual indexing as well as an increase for tipped employees.
  • A Raise for 10,000 Bernalillo County Workers—Over the course of four months, we delivered more than 1,500 letters to the Bernalillo County Commission in support of a minimum wage increase. On April 23, 2013, the Bernalillo County Commission voted 3-2 in favor of increasing the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 throughout all unincorporated parts of Bernalillo County.



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