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Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy (ACHE) - We Need Your Help

Dear Member:

AGC New Mexico is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with approximately 30 business groups to defend Albuquerque's economy from the harmful Healthy Workforce Ordinance, which will impose a mandate on all private Albuquerque employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees, along with a host of legal pitfalls. 

We have had many victories in our attempt to promote pro-business concerns against the sick leave initiative in Albuquerque. We won the attempt to keep the initiative off of the 2016 November ballot. We won the argument against putting a misleading summary on the ballot. And we hope to win our lawsuit claiming that ballot initiatives are a fraud on the voter and unconstitutional. The Healthy Workforce Ordinance will be on the October 3 municipal ballot, and defeating the measure at the ballot box is our surest path to victory.
 
Recent polling leads us to believe that, using the right messages with likely voters, we can win this at the ballot.
 
With less than two months before early voting begins, we need monetary support to get the word out. We are asking AGC Members to support, $1,000 from businesses in our industry to assist in this campaign initiative. The other side has already spent $99,000. We can win, but we need your help.
 
Please be a part of the solution by giving $1,000 right now, but any donation amount will help advance this effort. (Write a check to the Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy (ACHE) send it to 9201 Montgomery NE, Suite 602, Albuquerque, NM 87111) or go to ABQche.org and donate to the cause.
 
If you are wondering how this ordinance will impact your company, go to ABQche.org to calculate how much this will cost your company. 

Top 10 Reasons You should be VERY concerned about SICK LEAVE on the October Ballot in Albuquerque

  1. All Employers: Large, Small, for Profit, Charities and Nonprofits will have to pay sick leave to…
  2. All Employees: full-time, part-time, and temporary, 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, from the first day of work!
  3. If the employer takes ANY ADVERSE ACTION against an employee within 90 days of taking sick leave it is presumed the employer is retaliating against the employee, which is a punishable violation under this ordinance.
  4. Your Sick Leave Policy Will Change to be in compliance with the ordinance (unless it is based on a collective bargaining agreement)
  5. If the employer requires a doctor’s note to prove sickness, the employer pays for the doctor’s visit.
  6. The City Attorney can audit and investigate your records with penalties payable to the city. This is monetary incentive for the city to ensure non-compliance.
  7. Triple monetary damages and payment for attorney’s to the employee if they prevail. Nothing for the   employer if they prevail.
  8. The ordinance allows for punitive litigation including: Class Action, three times monetary damages including lost wages, possible reinstatement, civil penalties of $50 per week per employee, employees attorney fees.
  9. This ordinance cannot be changed by the City Council.
  10. You can calculate the cost to your business at www.abqche.org

Protect your business!

Learn the facts and take action by donating to the Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy.

Visit www.abqche.org

Money given directly to the ACHE coalition is subject to campaign reporting per the measure finance committee rules of the city of Albuquerque.

 

 

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