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Union Newsflash - September 29, 2023
Oct 18, 2023

Welcome to our newest Union members!

  • The Public Employee Labor Relations Board approved our petition to accrete the Sleep Techs into our bargaining unit at UNMH at their September 5, 2023, meeting.
  • The Transfer Center Coordinators accretion petition request will be heard at the October 5, 2023, meeting and we are confident that they will also soon be part of District 1199NM. UNMH is not opposing our petition request.

Negotiations Update:

Management claims they are BROKE and can’t afford to give us a wage increase. The truth is that Kate Becker decided that the UNMH budget would not include wage increases. She chose not to prioritize workers over her fancy new building. The money is there but Kate won’t spend it on you.

In the pre-negotiation surveys members identified the following priorities:

  1. Improve working conditions by negotiating safe staffing to improve retention and recruitment. Management says safe staffing is too difficult for them to understand. We have also proposed improvements in census management language that would improve staffing across the hospital.
  2. Pay workers a fair wage. At a recent town hall, the CEO suggested that a 1% raise would cost the hospital around $4,000,000. However, even by conservative estimates, the hours of overtime and double time could fund a 5% raise. We think 7% is fair. We have also demanded fair compensation adjustments for years of experience, precepting pay to reward those who train others, and differential pay for all hours worked during those times, not just for those working greater than 4 hours into the shift.
  3. Management must stop relying on overtime and double time to staff the hospital. Between July 1, 2022, and May 13, 2023, UNMH shamelessly racked up more than 245,000 hours of overtime and double time, PLUS spent a whopping $6,437,000 on shift bonus agreements.
  4. Create safer working conditions for all so that patient care does not suffer and stop the practice of doubling work assignments in all areas. We are also concerned about the amount of stress that workers are under as well as increasing incidents of violence towards health care workers.

Your Union negotiating team continues to work hard to make improvements in your working conditions. We have proposed professional advancement, safe staffing, improvements in hospital safety, sick leave, improvements in language regarding journal entries, occurrences, a fair wage increase and many other contract improvements.

Our next negotiating sessions are scheduled for October 10th and 24th. Members may attend as observers. If you are interested in attending, please call the Union office at 505.884.7713. Not a member? JOIN HERE

Vote of No Confidence

The Vote of No Confidence is not looking good for Kate Becker. What kind of a job do you think she is doing? You still have time to vote. VOTE HERE


On a brighter note, a recent incident involving an employee exposed to bodily fluids through the eye highlighted the dire lack of safety protocols. This employee received no exposure packet, their supervisor neglected to file an injury report, and they were denied assessment and care. Fortunately, with our Union’s intervention, the hospital has finally agreed to implement a new process to prevent such negligence in the future.

We continue to represent members in grievances and disciplinary actions, and many are resolved in the worker’s favor. If you have questions about your rights under the Union contract, please ask your delegate or contact the Union office.

Members may sign up at the WEBSITE for access to UNION CONTRACTS. SIGN UP

​Chief delegate for Licensed and Tech Unit

The chief delegate position in the licensed and tech unit is currently vacant. The duties of the chief delegate are to coordinate delegate functions, monitor and track issues and grievances, participate in negotiations and organize the unorganized workers in the chapter. If you are interested in the chief delegate position, please call the office at 505.884.7713 by October 6, 2023.

New Mexico Hospital Workers Union
130 Alvarado Drive, NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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