New Mexico still processing back pay owed current and former state workers

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — New Mexico officials continue to struggle to provide court-ordered back pay to thousands of current or retired state employees.

State Personnel Office attorney Randi Johnson says only 4,200 checks have been mailed to the approximately 10,000 workers owed back pay under a June 2013 court ruling.

Gov. Susana Martinez told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/srrz9s ) last month that most checks would be mailed in September and others more difficult to calculate would be sent in early October.

Johnson says officials continue to calculate the amounts owed and have had difficulty mailing big patches of certified letters.

The back pay goes back to 2009 for many of the workers and results from then-Gov. Bill Richardson's administration's failure to follow union contracts on distributing money for raises provided by the Legislature.

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