- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s administration is imposing a 3 percent pay raise on 2,100 municipal employees following an impasse with union locals representing the workers.

Berry’s office says the raise averages to about $1,500 per worker annually and is being imposed on employees represented by unions for laborers and transit, clerical and security workers.

Berry says his administration also is imposing a requirement that employees donate three hours of leave annually into a pool to cover the cost of union business.

Employees will get this raise starting with paychecks issued on Sept. 26.

Berry’s office said he was acting under a 2013 state Court of Appeals ruling that union contracts that expired in 2011 were no longer in effect.

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