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Man charged in stabbing of restaurant employee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man is behind bars after police say he stabbed a fast-food restaurant employee in the neck during an attempted robbery Tuesday in northwest Albuquerque. Tracy Parks, 31, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily harm […]

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Editorial: Let’s take the time to get BernCo sick leave plan right

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board Bernalillo County commissioners are scheduled to vote on a sick leave law this evening. What’s the hurry? In an ideal world, they would leave that voting to their bosses, the taxpayers who reside in their five districts. They would deliver them an ordinance that addresses the concerns of businesses as […]

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Requiring paid sick leave will hurt Hispanics

By ERNIE C’DE BACA / Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Requiring paid sick leave will deprive many Hispanics of accomplishing the American dream of (owning) businesses. The proposed Bernalillo County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will create a disproportionate hardship on Hispanics who own small businesses and the Hispanic and poor populations that they serve. The […]

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It’s the CRIME Stupid! The Bernalillo County Commission is Out of Touch!

Businesses are concerned about the health of their employees. They are concerned when employees have to walk by addicts with needles sticking out of their arms aggressively begging for spare change. They are concerned when violently aggressive mentally ill people approach customers, and employees have to ask them to move on. They are concerned when […]

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Save workers from addicts, not useless laws

Submitted By Daniel Trujillo / Governmental Affairs, NM Restaurant Association Businesses are concerned about the health of our employees. We are concerned when our employees have to walk by addicts with needles sticking out of their arms aggressively begging for spare change. We are concerned when violently aggressive mentally ill people approach our customers and […]

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Canceled meeting irks business leaders

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal Local business leaders are concerned that a canceled Bernalillo County Commission meeting may cost them one of their final opportunities to weigh in on a controversial paid sick leave proposal. On Monday, the commission canceled a public meeting scheduled for this evening. In a text message to the Journal, Maggie […]

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Bernalillo County sick leave law is an end-run around voters

The Bernalillo County Commission undermines democracy when it ignores the will of the voters. In a representative democracy, our elected officials are supposed to represent us. However, when the voters speak directly through a ballot measure, they have taken democracy in their own hands. Now a few members of the county commission have decided to […]

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Editorial: Foam ban, sick leave redux not ready for prime time

If at first you don’t succeed, try again – in a different jurisdiction. Just weeks after Albuquerque city councilors dumped a controversial plan to ban foam carry-out food containers, Bernalillo County has pulled it out of the trash. A recap on the city’s plastics ban: Albuquerque councilors originally floated the foam container ban as part […]

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Voters reject ABQ sick leave ordinance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque voters narrowly rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have required employers to provide paid sick leave to workers, according to unofficial election returns. Balloting in favor and against the ordinance was almost evenly split — 50 percent each — but opponents cast about 700 more ballots, out of roughly 91,000 altogether. […]

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Trick Leave: Written by Lawyers for Lawyers

If anyone has read the 2000 word “trick leave” ordinance, they would easily come to the conclusion that it is written by lawyers for lawyers. The protections for workers are thinly-veiled land mines for employers to get tripped up on and land in court facing their employees, now their accuser. The “trick leave” ordinance allows […]

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