New Mexico personnel office makes dent in pay-back case

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico’s personnel office has issued more than 9,000 checks to state workers owed back pay under a 2013 court ruling, but officials say there are about 1,000 cases that still need to be sorted out.

The office cited the complicated nature of the remaining cases as the reason the process has taken longer than expected.

But union officials said Tuesday the state appears to be dragging its feet.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees estimates at least one-fifth of the $30 million settlement has yet to be paid. Spokesman Miles Conway says that money could be going into the pockets of New Mexico workers and then into the economy.

State officials offered no timeline for when the personnel office and its accounting contractor will finish issuing checks.

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