The city of Santa Fe violated labor law during negotiations with a union that resulted in hundreds of employee furloughs, the Public Employees Labor Relations Board ruled Friday.

The city “breached its obligation to bargain in good faith by unilaterally implementing a furlough plan in response to a public health emergency declared after an outbreak of COVID-19 in New Mexico,” the labor board ruling said.

The ruling also states the city failed to provide relevant financial information to the union during furlough negotiations.

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