Apply for ATF Leadership School

Attention: Looking for ATF Leaders

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation invites you to participate in the 2019-20 Union Leadership Program. The ATF Leadership Program is intended to support the development of union leaders to also serve as leaders in their school sites and in the district.

Members who participate in the ATF Leadership Program will have opportunities to serve on union committees and joint ATF/APS Task Forces.  It is our hope that participants will some day run for a union office. The union activists selected will join a nationwide network of union leaders. We are seeking ATF members who would like to take an active role in influencing policy in diverse areas. For example:

  • Leadership in School Change—the ways in which educators develop as leaders.
  • Teacher Preparation and New Teacher Induction—the ways in which teachers are educated, recruited, oriented, evaluated, supported, and retained.
  • Ongoing Professional Growth—the means by which all educators engage in professional growth, learning opportunities, and reflection.
  • Networks of Educators—the ways in which educators connect to other educators and organizations for the purpose of expanding their learning community.
  • Role of High Stakes Testing—how students are assessed and how students are prepared for college and career readiness.
  • School Design—how schools are organized and how instruction is delivered.
  • Teacher Evaluation—the need for fair and meaningful feedback.

We will provide members with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to influence policy locally, statewide, and nationally.  This will include framing practical policy positions that relate to student learning; conducting research in classrooms and schools; engaging the public and elected officials in community conversations about education; participating on advisory boards, panels, and task forces; developing policy recommendations based on research conducted; and publishing and disseminating findings and recommendations nationwide.

ATF members selected for the program will:

  • Increase knowledge of major challenges facing the teaching profession through readings and discussions with leading policy experts.
  • Improve leadership skills.
  • Represent educators nationwide as spokespersons and become members of a nationwide community.
  • Participate in conducting research and using it to influence policy.
  • Be awarded a $1500 stipend.

We are seeking a diverse group of ATF leaders who are active in their school communities.

The application is due no later than May 15th. Email it to Barbara Gonzales at

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Ellen @ 262-2657.

All portions of the application must be submitted or the application will be considered incomplete: (1) application; (2) commitments; (3) essay; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

Please note: All applicants are required to attend an hour-long group interview.

Click here for a Leadership School Application (PDF)
If you prefer a Word Document, please email

Nominate an ATF Fed Rep of the Year

ATF Members, please nominate a Federation Representative for the honor of ATF Fed Rep of the Year! It can be your school’s Fed Rep, or another excellent rep you know. The ATF Executive Council will consider all nominations and make a final determination, to be announced at our Annual Fed Rep Appreciation Dinner.

Considerations of the ATF Executive Council selection committee:

  • Attendance at Fed Rep Council Meetings
  • Recruitment of new members
  • Participation in leadership activities
  • Contract language knowledge
  • Volunteerism/activism

*ATF Executive Council members are not eligible for Fed Rep of the Year.

Members can submit nominations on our website ( through the Fed Rep of the Year Nomination story on our homepage, or by sending this form back via Interschool Mail to Marianna at “ATF Office” no later than April 5, 2019.

Click here to submit your nomination!

Taking Stock of the 2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 Legislative Session has come to a close with both chambers adjourning SINE DIE at noon. (Adjournment sine die - from the Latin "without day"- means, "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing". To adjourn an assembly sine die is to adjourn it for an indefinite period. A legislative body adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again.)

Of the 1600+ proposed bills, memorials, and resolutions, below is a listing of the pieces of legislation we were advocating for during the session.

Some successfully passed and others fell short, and some made greater progress than in prior years.

We hope you will find the following listing useful as you review the actions taken by our elected Senators and Representatives in Santa Fe.


* Indicates a bill already signed by Governor Lujan Grisham

^ Indicates an AFT New Mexico priority bill

# Indicates first-time AFT New Mexico priority bill

House Bill 2 (Lundstrom): Budget for FY 2020, provides a 6% raise across the board for K-12 educational employees, raises three tier minimums to 41K, 50K, and 60K, respectively, and provides a 4% raise for higher education employees.

^House Bill 5 (Stapleton)/Senate Bill 1 (Stewart): Increases at-risk funding, phases out small-school adjustments, expands K5+ programming among other initiatives.

House Bill 7 (Cadena): Creates higher education “Centers of Excellence” at New Mexico’s state higher education institutions.

^#House Bill 20 (Garratt): Grow Your Own Teachers Act provides scholarships for educational assistants to pursue teaching licensure.

^*House Bill 44 (Stapleton): Provides professional development for teachers and educational assistants who instruct or are involved with Career Technical Education.

^House Bill 47 (Roybal Caballero): Reduces hourly and classified probation period to one year instead of three.

^#House Bill 85 (Ely/Cervantes): Nullifies county and municipality “Right to Work” laws and ordinances.

^*House Bill 91 (Stapleton/Hochman-Vigil): Creates a CTE pilot program to monitor effects of quality CTE education on student performance.

House Bill 111 (Salazar/L Trujillo): Allows Regional Education Cooperatives to provide culturally and linguistically responsive training to educators.

House Bill 127 (GA Romero): Increases amounts for certain needs-based higher education scholarships from $1,000/semester to $1,500/semester.

*House Bill 227 (Harper): Disallows use of contractually awarded sick days in New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system.

House Bill 240 (GA Romero): Provides additional paths from Level I to Level II for alternatively licensed educators.

*House Bill 250 (Lente): Authorizes an in-depth assessment of Native American educational needs in districts that are historically identified as serving high populations of Native American students.

^#House Bill 275 (Stapleton/Sariñana): Makes changes to the Teacher Loan Repayment Act by expanding eligible categories; increases scholarship amounts to $6,000 per year.

^House Bill 360 (Salazar): Makes changes to the Educational Retirement Board to promote better performance and sustainability.

^#House Bill 589 (Thomson): Created a Community Schools framework for New Mexico. Governor Lujan Grisham priority legislation.

House Bill 664 (Lewis): Allows certain CTE courses to count towards credits for high school graduation requirements.

*Senate Bill 22 (Padilla/L Trujillo): Creates a Department of Early Learning; consolidates early childhood services for greater efficiency.

Senate Bill 147 (Brandt): Modernizes type and number of school safety drills conducted each year.

*Senate Bill 157 (Soules): Allows accrued sick leave to be credited towards Educational Retirement Board service credit in certain circumstances.

*Senate Bill 179 (Stefanics): Allows students with certain disabilities to be eligible for New Mexico Lottery Scholarships.

^#Senate Bill 229 (Stewart): Repeals the punitive A-F school grading system in favor of more holistic school supports and reporting.

Senate Bill 288 (Soules): Creates framework for anti-bullying policies in New Mexico public schools.

Senate Bill 329 (Lopez/Louis): Requires greater collaboration and pre-approval from tribal authorities before schools are opened on tribal-owned land.

Senate Bill 391 (Brandt): Authorizes the NM PED to establish an adult GED program.

*Senate Bill 407 (Shendo)/House Bill 363 (Alcon/Johnson): Allows New Mexico lottery scholarship awards to be used at New Mexico-based tribal colleges and universities.

^#Senate Bill 431 (Martinez/Cisneros): Authorizes Northern New Mexico College to establish greater CTE partnerships with local high school districts.

Senate Joint Memorial 3 (Sanchez): Would authorize a study to develop plans to re-introduce and strengthen consumer science classes in New Mexico schools.

^*House Memorial 4/Senate Memorial 12 (Sariñana/Stewart):Acknowledges and honors the work of public educators at all levels to the success of New Mexico students.


^ Indicates an AFT New Mexico priority bill

# Indicates first-time AFT New Mexico priority bill

^#House Bill 24 (Lara): Increased fines for illegally passing a stopped school bus; provide for signage indicating fines. Passed House of Representatives; did not receive a hearing in Senate Education Committee.

^#House Bill 25 (Bash): Would provide a NM PED coordinator for teacher pipeline programs and tracking. Passed House of Representatives; ran out of time in Senate.

^House Bill 45 (Stapleton): Increased teacher autonomy for choosing instructional materials. Died in Senate Education Committee.

^House Bill 95 (Salazar): Would phase-in increases to retiree healthcare to make the fund more sustainable in the long term. Died in House Appropriations and Finance Committee due to lack of funding.

House Bill 121 (Roybal Caballero): Stated that social services and providers are part of a quality education. Died in Senate Education Committee.

^House Bill 146 (Sariñana): Would convert the Lottery Scholarship to a needs-based program. Passed one committee, died in House Education Committee.

^House Bill 172 (Roybal Caballero/Hochman-Vigil): Student Loan Bill of Rights Act provides for greater transparency and regulation of the student loan industry. Passed first committee, died in House Judiciary Committee.

^House Bill 212 (Stapleton)/Senate Bill 247 (Stewart): Would institute a new teacher evaluation system (HB 212 also included language for a principal evaluation system.) Both bills passed their respective chambers but stalled in Senate and House Education Committees, respectively.

^#House Bill 274 (Stapleton): Created a “Dial-a-Teacher” license plate to raise funds for the ATF-run program. Passed two committees, did not receive House Floor hearing.

^House Bill 397 (L Trujillo/C Trujillo): Would raise minimum hourly wages for educational employees to $12/hour. Died in House Appropriations and Finance Committee due to lack of funding. House Bill 2 provides a minimum $10/hour for all educational employees.

^House Bill 412 (C Trujillo/Ferrary): Would extend National Board stipends to all certificate holders. Died in House Appropriations and Finance Committee due to lack of funding.

^House Bill 434 (C Trujillo/Bash): Three-year charter school moratorium. Passed House Education Committee with bipartisan support; did not receive a hearing in House State Government and Indian Affairs Committee.

^#House Bill 446 (Thomson): Would move dual-licensed instructional support providers into the three-tier system. Did not receive a hearing on House Floor due to technical drafting issues.

House Bill 454 (C Trujillo/ L Trujillo): Would have allowed greater flexibility for gifted students to enter school early and move between grades. Passed the House, died in Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 476 (Sariñana/Pratt): Would provide a nurse in every school. Passed two House Committees; did not receive House Floor hearing.

^#House Bill 495 (Madrid/Garratt): Would direct the NM PED to use mentoring money to fulfill statutory requirements. Died in House Appropriations and Finance Committee, although NM PED could utilize allocated funds to fulfill goals of HB 495.

^#House Bill 659 (C Trujillo): Would make pro-worker changes to the Public Employees Bargaining Act. Passed first House Committee; did not receive a second hearing.

House Joint Resolution 1 (J Martinez/Maestas): Would take 1% from the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education. Died in Senate Rules Committee.

^#House Joint Memorial 15 (Figueroa/Tallman): Would create a task force to study appropriate policies for transporting special needs students. Passed House Education Committee, did not receive House Floor hearing.

^#Senate Bill 562 (Sedillo Lopez/Madrid): Would allow educational employee PSTD designations for eligibility in workman’s comp. Did not receive Senate hearing.

^#Senate Memorial 112 (Steinborn): Would study feasibility of air conditioning on school busses. Did not receive Senate hearing.


^ Indicates an AFT New Mexico priority bill

# Indicates first-time AFT New Mexico priority bill

House Bill 378 (Scott/Gallegos): The annual anti-worker “right to work” bill – this is a good bill to have failed.

Senate Bill 297 (Soules): Would have adjusted SEG distributions based on actual enrollment if a school district or charter loses over 25% enrollment. Died in Senate Finance Committee.

^#Senate Bill 321 (Steinborn/Ferrary): Provided for air conditioning in newly purchased busses. Died on the Senate Floor, although language exists in Senate Bill 280 allowing districts to use transportation funds for this purpose for district-owned/operated busses.

^#Senate Bill 439 (Sedillo Lopez): Would have provided a seat for AFT New Mexico and a Governor-appointed seat on the Educational Retirement Board of Directors. Died on the Senate Floor.

House Bill 2 & What it Means for Raises

Many bills are flying through the Legislature, several having to do with pay for educators. Arguably, the most important bill of the session is “the budget,” which is always labeled as House Bill 2 (HB 2).

When HB 2 is introduced at the beginning of the Legislative session, the text within the bill itself is almost non-existent. That’s because the budget is built as the session progresses. As some bills move forward in the legislative process, others die out and depending on the political will of the legislators, some projects get funded (and added to the budget/HB 2) while others do not.

At the end of February, HB 2 passed the House of Representatives. The funding that was allocated to public education included $500 million of new money flowing into our districts, including the following raises for teachers:

Current Minimums in HB2 % Change
$36,000 $41,000 13.9%
$44,000 $50,000 13.6%
$54,000 $60,000 11.1%

The above raises are for the current number of contracted work days (184). There are other bills on the table calling for more non-instructional work days that would simultaneously raise teacher 3-Tier salary minimums to 45K, 55K and 65K. They are not currently reflected in the budget that passed the House.

The money allocated in HB 2 is only marked for classroom teacher raises. Equal raises for Support & Related employees are pending passage of HB 446. We are working with the bill sponsor and former ATF member, Representative Liz Thomson, to pass HB 446 so that we can put an end to the constant struggle of negotiating equal raises for Support and Related. HB 446 will finally enshrine a Support & Related 3-Tier System in law, and thus, funded by the State. As we look forward to improving public education in our state, respecting Support & Related Service Personnel as equal professionals should be part of the education moonshot.

Vote "Yes" on the Bond/Mill Levy

During the December Fed Rep Council meeting, Fed Reps unanimously voted for our union to support a “yes” vote on the Bond/Mill Levy election happening on Tuesday, February 5. Ballots were mailed to voter’s homes on January 8. This will be a mail-in ballot only, so returning your vote promptly is critical.

​As a result of the ATF resolution, our union has been contacted about what a "yes" vote would mean for our schools.

A “yes” vote would allow our schools to:

  • Renovate dated buildings, including roofing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical systems.
  • Upgrade school security & classroom technology.
  • Purchase educational equipment related to physical education, libraries, vocational education, music, fine arts & science labs.

Voting “yes” will raise taxes by about 4.7% of your total property tax bill. On a house that costs $220,000, that comes out to an increase of about $.41 cents a day, or about $12.22 a month.

Here are the major functions this election will pay for over 6 years​:

  • ​School Security & Safety for all Schools, teachers & Students - $20 Million
  • Student & Teacher Technology - $150 million
  • School Student & Teacher Educational Furniture - $8 million
  • School Music/Fine Arts Instruments & Equipment for all Schools - $7.3 Million
  • School Physical Education Equipment for all Schools - $4.81 million
  • Library Materials, printing & Equipment - $4.5 million
  • School Science Equipment - $1.8 million
  • School Vocational Education Equipment (CTE) - $1.5 million
  • School Improvement funds (Discretionary individual school educational equipment/Supplies or ‘SIP’) - $12.3 million
  • School Design & Construction (rebuilding old schools) - $553 million
  • School Facility Maintenance – $94 million

​Click here to see if your school is on the list of proposed projects!

​APS hasn’t asked for a tax increase in over 12 years! As educators, we know first-hand that our schools are in desperate need of repair and revitalization. Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.​

The County Clerk must have your ballot in-hand by 7pm on Tuesday, February 5!

If you do not receive your ballot, call the County Clerk at 468-1291. For more information, visit

Professional Staff Representative: Apply to Join the ATF Team!

Job Announcement: Albuquerque Teachers Federation Professional Staff Representative

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF)/AFT/AFL-CIO is seeking candidates for position of Professional Staff Representative.

ATF represents over 7,000 teachers and other professional educators employed in Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). APS is an urban, rural, and suburban district—the largest school district in New Mexico.

ATF is the largest local teachers’ union in the state and is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). We are a progressive, professional union committed to educational excellence and social justice, and believe that the future well-being of our members depends on the success of our public schools.


Position Description

Candidates for the Professional Staff Representative must have strong problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills.

As a Professional Staff Representative, candidates will work toward the achievement of the ATF’s goals through member servicing, school organizing, advocacy, and disseminating accurate information.

The ideal candidate for the position has work experience in teaching, with labor, progressive nonprofit agencies, political organizations, and/or media.

Candidates must have excellent writing skills and a demonstrated knowledge of websites, email, and the production of informational flyers.

Critically, the ideal candidate is passionate about public education and enjoys working in a team environment. Candidates should be willing to “do what it takes” to reach our goals. Long and indeterminate hours are sometimes required.


Desirable Qualities and Skills

  • Dedication to improving the position of public school employees and strengthening the role of organized labor through public actions, community relations, and legislative and political activity.
  • Knowledge of current issues in K-12 public education.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and analytic skills; the ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on teams.
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Ability to use appropriate strategies and interventions to deal with difficult individuals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist in resolving interpersonal disputes.
  • Assess information and evidence while managing conflicting and changing priorities.
  • Establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends on occasion.
  • Ability to work under pressure; must be well-organized and self-motivated.
  • Media outreach and communications experience.
  • Knowledge of education and labor policy issues.


Preferred Attributes

  • Independent project management skills, detail-oriented self-starter.
  • Strategic thinker, exercising a high level of judgment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate outstanding listening, oral and written communication skills.
  • Respect for and/or knowledge of the cultures of New Mexico.


Entrance Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree with a preference for a degree in education.


  • Starting salary range: $45,000 - $50,000 (or more) depending on experience. ATF provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and prescription drug, defined benefit pension plan, and long-term disability insurance as outlined in the staff Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • ATF staff works at the direction of the president.

Probation Period

  • One year.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:

Search Committee
Albuquerque Teachers Federation
530 Jefferson Street NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108


Electronic submissions may be submitted here or sent to:

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 22, 2019.

Sign Up for ATF Action Alerts!

The 2019 Legislative Session is nearly here and we want to keep you informed!

We're unable to send legislative action items to your APS email, so we encourage your to share your personal email address and cell phone so we can keep you in the loop via email and text message!

ATF President Ellen Bernstein Hits it Out of the PARCC

ICYMI: Last week, ATF President Ellen Bernstein sat down with KOB4 to talk about the elimination of the PARCC test and what that means for students and educators. Click the photo to watch the interview!