Another BLM Office Votes to Be Represented by NTEU

Press Release September 21, 2022

Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union will represent frontline federal employees in the Rio Puerco, N.M., field office of the Bureau of Land Management after employees there voted in favor of representation.

The Rio Puerco employees are the fourth group within BLM to become part of NTEU in the last two years, and they will be represented by NTEU Chapter 340 (BLM New Mexico).

“We are honored to represent BLM’s Rio Puerco employees,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Employees at the Rio Puerco field office manage federal lands in New Mexico for current and future generations to enjoy and NTEU is committed to helping them get the staffing and resources they need to get the job done.”

The representation election was administered by the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Other BLM offices to elect NTEU as their representative include BLM headquarters, the New Mexico State Office in Santa Fe, N.M; and the Taos, N.M. field office.

“BLM employees are dedicated civil servants who believe in the agency’s mission to manage some of the most beautiful public land in the country for recreation, restoration, conservation and energy production,” Reardon said. “At NTEU, we want them to have a meaningful voice in the workplace and we look forward to being their advocate for adequate agency funding levels, higher pay and a strong contract.”

NTEU represents about 150,000 employees in 34 federal agencies and offices.