Union Successfully Negotiates Major Salary Increase

After months of negotiations, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) have reached a tentative agreement on new salary schedules for certified employees. Although negotiations continue dealing with other issues and contract language, we are proud to announce the victories our union has achieved for our all those we represent.

The money for raises allocated during the 2019 Legislative Session was substantial and we are grateful for the long overdue increases for all teachers on the 3-Tiered Licensure System. The Legislature increased the 3-tiered minimum salaries for teachers to $41,000, $50,000, and $60,000. This equates to between a 10.8% and 14.3% increase. (In dollar amounts, this is about $5,000 to $6000).

Unfortunately, this funding for educator raises was both unfair and unequal. Approximately 1,200 of the most experienced teachers in APS and all the “other licensed staff,” were allocated less than half of that amount—they were only provided a 6% pay increase. The “other licensed staff” include counselors, social workers, nurses, interpreters, special education therapists, and audiologists. These over 800 essential related service educators provide crucial services to our students.

For more than 12 years, ATF has worked tirelessly for all Essential and Related Service Educators and have successfully negotiated salaries for them equal to their teaching peers.

We are excited to announce that we have been successful once again. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all counselors, social workers, nurses, interpreters, special education therapists, and audiologists will earn the same 3-Tiered minimum salaries as teachers. This equates to an average of $2,700 more than the state appropriated.

ATF also successfully negotiated a 7% increase for all experienced educators, diagnosticians, school psychologists, and transition specialists—over $500 more than the state allocated for each of these highly valuable educators who have dedicated their careers to working with APS students.

Although salary agreements have been reached, ATF and APS negotiations about terms and conditions of employment will continue. All members of the ATF Bargaining Unit will have the opportunity to vote on the ratification of the above tentative salary agreements and contract language improvements when negotiations are completed.

*As of 7/3/19 the posted 2019-2020 Salary Matrices have been adjusted due to errors found. The adjustments have resulted in a few cells being increased or decreased from as little as $1.00 to as much as $100.00. These figures are very close to final, however until ratified in early August, will remain tentative and subject to change.


Click here to view the 2019-2020 Salary Matrices