Washington D.C. – Frontline federal employees in the Taos, N.M. field office of the Bureau of Land Management have voted for representation by the National Treasury Employees Union.
The Taos employees are the third group within BLM to become part of NTEU in the last 18 months, joining their colleagues in Santa Fe and at national headquarters in Washington D.C.
“We congratulate the federal employees in Taos for recognizing that they can have a greater voice in their workplace by organizing collectively and electing NTEU as their exclusive representative,” NTEU National President Tony Reardon said.
The union election, administered by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, resulted in a unanimous vote for representation.
The Taos employees will be part of the BLM bargaining unit represented by Chapter 340 (BLM New Mexico), which was created when Santa Fe employees voted for representation in early 2021. Groundwork on their first collective bargaining agreement is underway.
“The union movement in the federal sector is growing and we commend the leaders of Chapter 340 for helping to organize yet another BLM office,” Reardon said. “We’ve heard loud and clear that BLM employees want to be powerful advocates for the resources and staffing they need to accomplish their agencies’ expanding missions and serve the American people by being good stewards of public lands.”
NTEU represents federal employees in 34 federal agencies and offices.