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District 1199NM
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  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Updated On: Sep 14, 2016

                                     Frequently Asked Questions   

    Who is District 1199NM?

    • District 1199NM, The Nation Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, represent all levels of health care employees. We are nurses and pharmacist, radiologists and housekeepers, respiratory therapists, and dietary aides. We represent a large number of licensed, technical, and support staff employees across New Mexico

    What is a union?
    • Labor unions are made up of working people working together to solve problems, build stronger workplaces and give working families a real voice. Unions give workers a voice on the job about safety, security, pay, benefits—and about the best ways to get the work done. Union workers earn 30 percent more each week than nonunion workers and are much more likely to have health and pension benefits. Unions give working people a voice in government. They represent working families before lawmakers, and make sure politicians never forget that working families voted them into office.

    Who runs 1199NM?
    • You and your co-workers are the union. Your elect your own representatives and officers and you decide what you want your union to do by a democratic process.  

    How does District 1199NM work for me?
    • More important question:  What do I do for District 1199NM?  You are your union and through the strength of rank and file members, 1199NM looks out for members in many ways; the first and foremost goal is to empower health care employees by making their workplaces more democratic.

    • 1199NM helps negotiate for better wages and benefits through a legally binding union contract and also represents you when you encounter problems on the job.

    • The union can be your best job protection, but remember the union is only as strong as its members make it.  

    Why join District 1199NM?
    • By joining together you and your co-workers have the collective strength to make sure you get decent contracts and fair treatment on the job. Joining the union gives you a voice at work involving issues such as scheduling, working conditions, safety issues, patient care and whatever issues concern you the most. Remember, our strength comes from you, our members.      

    How can I join District 1199NM?
    • Please visit our Join 1199 page to download the membership card. A representative from 1199NM would be happy to pick it up for you, or you are welcome to drop it off at our office.

    • You may also mail it to our office, or contact us if you have any questions or concerns at: or call the Albuquerque office at 505.884.7713 or the Santa Fe Office at 505.780.8272. 

    How much are dues?
    • Dues are 2% of your base pay. Union dues are calculated on base pay and are also according to the employee’s FTE status. The members of District 1199NM vote on the dues structure, and union dues are tax deductible. The maximum amount any member will pay is $36 dollars per pay period.  

    What do my dues pay for?
    • Dues pay for the functioning of the union this includes:  maintaining your contract, legal counsel, contract negotiations, publications and newsletters, grievances, salaries for union staff and organizers, office space, supplies, and more.  

    How can I get involved?
    • There are many ways to become active in your union and many different levels of involvement. Some great ways to get started are attending union meetings, volunteering your time on special projects and campaigns, or introducing new employees to the union.

    • One of the best ways is to get involved is to become a delegate in your department. Please email us via the contact us page or call us at the Albuquerque office at (505) 884-7713 or the Santa Fe Office at (505) 780-8272, if you are interested in becoming more involved in the union.


    Do I have to pay union dues?
    • Union dues are only paid by those who have chosen to become dues paying members of district 1199NM. Becoming a dues paying member gives you the opportunity to vote on important changes to your contract. If you want an opportunity to have a voice in what governs your working conditions, becoming a member is the only way.

    • Your union grows stronger with each new member. Each dues paying member adds negotiation power and gives you and your union a stronger voice. 

    • However, not joining the union is not a benign act.  Though all employees receive the benefits, only the dues paying members shoulder the economic burden of maintaining those benefits.  Non-paying dues member stifle the voice of the union.  If you are not a part of the solution you are part of the problem.  

    What is Collective Bargaining?
    • Collective Bargaining is the right of employees to be represented in negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment. Before a collective bargaining agreement is in place employees have little to no employee input in regards to their working conditions.

    • Collective Bargaining gives employees one united voice. It requires that management meet with the employees and negotiate "in good faith". This means there is a genuine effort to reach an agreement. Once a contract is negotiated, there are enforcement procedures which allow employees to assure that the agreement is honored.   

    What does AFSCME stand for?
    • AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. AFSCME primarily represents public employees at all levels of government, and with 1.6 members they continue to be one of the fastest growing unions across the country. AFSCME not only fights for fairness and justice in the workplace, but also at the ballot box and the halls of government.

    • In 1989 NUHHCE joined forces with AFSCME in order to increase its political power and commitment to organize new members. 

    What is the AFL-CIO?
    • The AFL-CIO is the American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations, is a coalition of 56 major labor unions which exists to support the work of the labor movement.  The AFL-CIO’s mission is to bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job.

    • In October 1984, the National Union received a direct charter from the AFL-CIO and became the only health care union with such a charter.

    What is the NLRB?
    • The NLRB stands for the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act. This law governs relations between unions and employer in the private sector. This statue guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers and to engage in other protected activity with or without a union, or to refrain from such activity.

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