FARMINGTON — Aztec Municipal Schools filed a formal complaint against the teachers union, claiming the union's representatives are being rude and uncooperative during negotiations.

The complaint was filed with the Labor Management Relations Board Sept. 13, Aztec Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said. “The District was disheartened but felt it was forced to file a Prohibited Practice Complaint against the Union,” Carpenter said in a prepared statement.

The complaint alleges that the teachers union violates collective bargaining resolutions agreed upon between the two sides, Carpenter said.

The complaint alleges that Tony Massar, who represents the Aztec Education Association, was rude and not cooperative during negotiations. The document submitted to the labor relations board said he told a member of the school district to “go back to Bargaining 101” and said ridiculed a person's 25 years of professional experience.

“The District repeatedly received proposals in negotiations from the Union that moved further away, rather than closer to, an agreement,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the district at the union have been negotiating a collective bargaining agreement since May.

 Massar and other Aztec Education Association members didn't return a message left at the Northwest New Mexico Chapter of the National Education Association on Thursday.

The education association had 30 days to file a response to the complaint.


It was not clear Thursday if the response had been filed.