- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez says thousands of state workers owed back pay to resolve a union contract dispute are finally about to get their money.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that 10,000 current or former employees are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration didn’t follow union contracts in distributing 2008 salary money.

An expected June payout of the back pay came and went without checks being issued, but Martinez now says most of the checks will go out this month and the rest in the first half of October.

Martinez told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/YDcW2J ) that it’s been hard to calculate how much back pay is owed to each employee.

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