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    • What's New at District 1199NM

      Brothers and Sisters, 

      New Mexico’s working families need strong health and safety protections in the workplace to prevent exposure to COVID-19. The workplace is a high-risk setting because we’re breathing the same air for long periods of time. That’s why vaccines for workers are even more important. Get vaccinated for yourself, your family, and your community.

      COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Clinical trials show that the vaccines are safe and help protect people from COVID-19. If we all get vaccinated and continue wearing masks and social distancing, we can slow the spread. Together, we can end this pandemic.

      This is why New Mexico’s Labor movement is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health to make sure you and your family have access to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

      District 1199 New Mexico has successfully negotiated, a new minimum wage of $15.21 an hour at University of New Mexico hospital. This new wage impacts over 700 workers at the only Trauma Level 1 Hospital in New Mexico. Many of the workers currently make $12.21 an hour. For some workers this means no longer having to work a second job or having to work overtime to make ends meet.

      “I am very proud of this very important achievement we have made in reaching our objective of 15.21 an hour through so much effort and sacrifice on the part of our membership.”  -Glendis Colunga, Hospital Housekeeper 

      “This wage negotiation was fruitful especially for the years we have been fighting to achieve wage increases for years of service to the University of New Mexico Hospitals and we have achieved a new significant minimum wage increase and have achieved justice for all our workers.”  -Alicia Hernandez, Hospital Housekeeper 

      Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a national discussion and very much needed to raise workers and families out of poverty. District 1199NM hopes our victory at UNMH inspires other workers across Albuquerque and New Mexico to stand up and demand the economic justice they deserve.  

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