Fifteen years ago, in 2000, the City of Albuquerque’s Personnel Board, the arbiter of employee disputes and dispenser of due process for City employees, was almost out of members. A City union filed a lawsuit and the case was settled with an agreement and a court order designed to keep the City’s Board functioning in the future.
A few years later the same union went back to court to ask for enforcement of its agreement with the City. Once again, the Personnel Board had lapsed into dysfunction, and again the court ordered corrective action.
By May, 2015, however, the City’s Personnel Board was again in desperate shape. Reduced to three members, none representing the employees’ interests, the Board struggled on without regard for its bias in favor of the City management and against the interests of the employees.