Your Union is an organization comprised of your fellow coworkers organizing with you to improve working conditions and expand upon the rights we all enjoy. The Union members negotiate Union contracts that the hospital is legally obligated to comply with. When an employer diverges from any of those rights, terms, and conditions or treats workers unfairly, we have the people, means, and resources to hold the employer to account through methods negotiated by your colleagues such as grievances, hearings, class actions, and specifically related to topics such as pay and differentials (on-call pay, double time, bonuses), benefits, leave time, how discipline is carried out, tuition reimbursements, etc.
WORKERS WITH NO UNION
At a non-Unionized workplace you are employed “at-will” meaning, the employer can hire, fire, demote, reduce pay, change your schedule at the last minute, reduce benefits, withdraw medical/dental insurance benefits, change hours, change schedules, and require on-call without additional pay. Those workers have few rights to exercise and voice their concerns --- if they do, they are at the mercy of their bosses. When the actions of the employer violate a state or federal law (which many have limitations) the worker may have to choose to take legal action or quit their job.
The services members enjoy come from their commitment to one another, in solidarity, with the belief that UNION work carries value. Union workers believe that expertise in health care deserves a seat at the decision-making table. Your Union is member-driven, member-led, and member funded. Union members take great pride in that they lead an organization that is 100% grassroots. Your Union’s funding is not tied to foundations, charities, nor government grants, but by the very people it represents. Thus, the organization only works in your collective interests.
Belonging to a group that was created by healthcare workers and for healthcare workers, endured decades in New Mexico, challenging employers and building expectations is a special status and legacy that has provided opportunities for fellow healthcare workers and their families. The leadership we have built, the comradery we share, and the power we must exercise makes membership in your Union a meaningful experience rather than mere dues deductions. It is transformative and has set the standard for so many that have built this nation.
ARE YOU ASKING OTHERS TO CARRY YOU?
We ask for your membership because we believe it is important. It is certain you would not to go to a restaurant or grocery store and even THINK of not paying for their services/products! Some might be tempted to think that the Union isn’t functioning because you are not currently being disciplined, but the Union and your contract are working every day on your behalf. Or, you may have been told the Union has to represent you even if you don’t pay dues, but remember, without dues paying members there is no Union. The Union, or rather the dues paying members – your co-workers are working hard to keep and advance your wages, improve your working conditions, and maintain your contract. Your dues paying member peers are doing that for you and for themselves! Your membership insures that you will be treated professionally and fairly, and that you will be provided due process, and a seat at the table.
STRENGTH AND POWER
Additionally, the POWER of the Union, the very strength of the Union’s ability to successfully negotiate rests in the hands of the employees who pay dues. The more dues payers, the greater the strength of the Union. It is up to the employees to realize the benefits and strength of greater membership.
COMMIT - DO YOUR PART TO HELP INSTEAD OF HOLDING EVERYONE BACK!
Maybe most employees don’t even make the connection. It’s not just a useless, meaningless organization that can survive without the support of dues payers. At UNMH nothing requires an employee to pay their dues except their conscience and their willingness to sacrifice 2% of their base pay to support the very organization that makes their work life better every single day.
It is possible that most of the time you think you don’t need the Union or the Unions help. However, you benefit every single day from the Union contract. Your Union contract is a legal and binding contract – and you benefit from pay raises, various negotiated benefits, including leave times, your work schedule, hourly wages, differentials, and your overtime.
Below is the link – do the right thing – sign a member card and pay your fair share.