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  • District 1199 Newsletter
    Jul 02, 2021

    Our Contracts have been RATIFIED!

    Our membership voted to accept the wage package for both the Licensed & Technical Unit and Support Staff Unit. Congratulations!

    Support Staff President Address by Martha Vargas:

    We did it!  We promised last year to continue the fight to bring the lower-paid employees up in wages. The negotiations committee worked hard to make sure we could bring the wages to the minimum of $15/hour. We didn’t stop at $15. We fought hard & successfully negotiated a new minimum wage of $15.21 per hour!  

    And in addition, to the new minimum wage, we also negotiated equity adjustments for workers who have been at the hospital for 6 years or more years by July 1, 2021. Call the office for details to see if you qualify - 505-884-7713.

    It’s never too late to join your Union! You can sign up on our Union website to become a member. Contact me or your Union office, and we’d be happy to go over the benefits of becoming a union member or even becoming a delegate if you are a current union member.

    Martha Vargas, Support Staff Chapter President
    Union Office # 883-7713


    The Pay Grade Review process has been renewed!

    In this process, workers within a classification can request a pay grade review. A classification is a worker group such as RT’s, or RN’s… not just for a particular individual.

    To request a pay grade review - contact your delegate for more details and the process. Don’t delay! November is right around the corner, and these take a considerable amount of work and time.

    Here is the language:

    Article 12 WAGES

    B. Pay Grade Review.  A process is established for the review of a pay grade assigned to a job classification on the salary structure as follows:

    1.         An employee who believes his or her pay grade is not assigned to the grade that best aligns with other job classifications and best represents the duties, experience, licensure, certifications, education, and other job requirements assigned by the Employer and performed by the employee, may initiate through the Union a review of their pay grade assignment and request a change in grade assignment between November 1, 2022 – March 1, 2022.  The Employer will not be obligated to conduct more than one review of a given job classification but may elect to do so.

    2.         Within ten (10) business days of the Union requesting review of the pay grade assignment, the Employer will provide the information upon which it relied to make its grade determination. A request of change in grade assignment shall be submitted no later than March 1, 2022, and include any relevant information, including comparable salary information/surveys and any additional information and/or documentation relevant to the employee's current job tasks and/or assignments that the employee performs. The parties shall meet within ten (10) business days of a request to allow the employee and the employee’s Union representative to present the case for a change in grade assignment. The Employer shall provide its written decision within fifteen (15) business days of the meeting. The parties agree that any classification not resolved through this process shall be subject to bargaining in the wage negotiations held in 2022.

    Licensed & Technical Unit Membership Meeting


    Licensed & Technical Labor Management Meetings: 4th Monday of every month.

    The purpose of labor management meetings is to discuss issues of importance to the membership and reach a resolution with management. Committee openings are available to dues paying Union Members for this committee. Time spent at the committee is paid time.

    ·       Is there a problem you’d like on the agenda?

    ·       Want to learn more about the committee?

    ·       Would you like to attend as a visitor?

    Please contact committee chair - Maria ( if you have questions or want to discuss an issue. 

    2 de julio, 2021

    Avance Noticiero    

    ¡Nuestros contratos han sido RATIFICADO!

    Nuestra membresía votó para aceptar el paquete de salarios para ambas Unidades de Autorizados y Técnicos y del Personal de Apoyo.  ¡Felicidades!   

    Alocución de la Presidenta del Personal de Apoyo por Martha Vargas:

    ¡Lo hicimos! Prometimos el año pasado continuar la lucha para incrementar el salario de los empleados menos pagados.  El comité de negociaciones trabajó duro para asegurar que pudieramos llegar al mínimo a $15/hora.  ¡Luchamos duro y negociación exitosamente un nuevo salario mínimo de $15.21 por hora!  

    Y aparte del nuevo salario mínimo también negociamos ajustes de equidad para los trabajadores quienes han estado en el hospital por 6 años o más para el 1 de julio, 2021.  Llamen a la oficina para detalles y para ver si usted califica – 505-884-7713. 

    ¡Nunca es muy tarde para unirse al Sindicato!  Usted puede inscribirse en nuestro sitio web del Sindicato y hacerse miembro.  Póngase en contacto conmigo o con su oficina sindical, y con gusto repasaríamos los beneficios de hacerse miembro sindical o hasta hacerse un delegado si usted ya es un miembro sindical corriente.

    Martha Vargas, Presidenta del Capítulo del Personal de Apoyo
    Oficina sindical # 883-7713


    ¡El proceso de revisión del grado de paga ha sido renovado!

    En este proceso, los trabajadores dentro de una clasificación pueden solicitar una revisión de grado de paga.  Una clasificación es un grupo de trabajo tal como los RT’s o RN’s…no solamente para un individuo particular.    

    Para solicitar una revisión de grado de paga – contacte a su delegado para más detalles y el proceso.  ¡No demore!  Noviembre está alrededor de la esquina, y éstos toman una cantidad considerable de trabajo y tiempo.

    Aquí está el lenguaje:

    Artículo 12 SALARIOS

    B. Revisión del grado de paga.  Un proceso se establece para la revisión de un grado de paga asignado a una clasificación de empleo en la estructura salarial como sigue:

    1.         Un empleado/a quien cree que su grado de paga no está asignado al grado que mejor se alinea al grado con otras clasificaciones de empleo y que mejor representa los deberes, experiencia, licenciatura, certificaciones, educación y otros requisitos del empleo asignados por el Empleador y desempeñados por el empleado, puede iniciar, mediante el Sindicato, una revisión de su asignación de grado de paga y solicitar un cambio en la asignación de grado entre el 1o de noviembre, 2021 y el 1o de marzo, 2022. El Empleador no estará obligado a conducir más de una revisión de una clasificación dada de empleo, pero puede elegir hacerlo.      

    2.         Dentro de diez (10) días hábiles de que el Sindicato solicite una revisión de una asignación de grado de paga, el Empleador proveerá la información de la cual dependió para hacer su determinación de grado.  Una solicitud para cambio en la asignación de grado deberá presentarse a más tardar el 1o de marzo, 2022 e incluirá cualquier información relevante, incluyendo información/encuestas de salario comparable y cualquier información adicional y/o documentación relevante a los deberes y/o asignaciones de empleo corrientes del empleado que desempeña el empleado.  Las partes deberán reunirse dentro de diez (10) días hábiles de la solicitud para permitir al empleado y al representante sindical presentar el caso para un cambio en la asignación de grado.  El Empleador deberá proveer su decisión en escrito dentro de quince (15) días hábiles de la reunión.  Las partes concuerdan que cualquier clasificación no resuelta mediante este proceso deberá ser sujeta a negociación en las negociaciones de salarios llevadas a cabo en 2022.  

    Reunión de membresía de la Unidad de Autorizados y Técnicos


    Reuniones de gestión laboral de Autorizados y Técnicos: 4o lunes de cada mes Monday.

    El propósito de la reuniones de gestión laboral es para discutir cuestiones de importancia para la membresía y llegar a una resolución con la gerencia.  Las aperturas del comité son disponibles para los miembros sindicales que pagan cuotas para este comité.  El tiempo pasado en el comité es tiempo pagado. 

    ï‚·       ¿Hay un problema que usted quisiera en la agenda?

    ï‚·       ¿Quisiera aprender más acera del comité?

    ï‚·       ¿Quisiera asistir como visitante?

    Por favor contacte a la directora del comité – María ( si tiene alguna pregunta o si quiere discutir alguna cuestión. 

    Jun 20, 2021
    Ratification for the Licensed and Technical Unit will begin the week of June 21, 2021. An email with more details will be sent out on Monday June 21, 2021.  Please call the office at 884-7713 if you have questions.  You do NOT have to just take it.
    Jun 11, 2021
    Wage Negotiations Update: Wage Negotiations have been successfully completed for both Support Staff and Licensed and Tech Chapters. We were successful in achieving a $15.21 minimum wage for Support Staff. Both Chapters will also receive a 2.74% wage increase along with step increases for years of hospital service.
    Jun 07, 2021
    Negotiations Update Your Union continues negotiations with the hospital over wages for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1, 2021. We are getting closer to a tentative agreement – the final agreement cannot be approved until it is put to a vote of the membership. Ratification is a secret ballot voting process.
    Jun 01, 2021
    Winning with you in Housekeeping! In April, we reported a workplace action conducted in Housekeeping over their scrubs: Workers confronted their management over missing replacement scrubs. The workers have been wearing the same scrubs for many years.
    May 25, 2021
    Highlights & Chapter Activities: This is where we share with you what is happening in our chapters and for our members! Your Union is winning for all of us! Christus St. Vincent Hospital District1199NM successfully accreted Tele Sitter/Monitor Tech into Service and Maintenance. The Union is excited to have them UNIONIZED.
    May 15, 2021
    Disciplined? You have the right to request removal of disciplinary documentation after one year. Our contracts state: “Disciplinary material placed in an Employee's personnel record shall be removed upon the employee's specific request twelve (12) months after the date that the discipline was imposed. A dated receipt shall be given to the employee.
    May 08, 2021
    Negotiations Update: Negotiations resume 5/10. No meetings took place this week. Support staff Uniforms: If you are having difficulties obtaining uniforms, including delays, please contact the office at 505-884-7713. UH Managers do not have to act with integrity.
    Apr 30, 2021
    Negotiations UPDATE We base our proposals for negotiations on what members think is important. Our pre-negotiations survey revealed your priorities, including general wage increase and wages that correspond to your years of service.
    Apr 23, 2021
    April 22, 2021 HAPPY EARTH DAY! News Flash Week Strength in numbers! Because of our Union, workers at UNMH have the opportunity to be involved with their rates of pay and working conditions. If there is something that you don’t like or is not right, you have an avenue to get involved and fix it.
    Apr 14, 2021
    Another Union Win!   Patient Financial Services (PFS) employees work and park in downtown Albuquerque. The parking structure they used, owned by the City of Albuquerque, and rented to the Hospital by Molina, was unsafe.
    Mar 29, 2021
    Download PDF Version here.
    Mar 20, 2021
    Negotiations is a process that allows the Union representatives to come to the bargaining table with hospital management to represent you. This year we are entering into negotiations for wages only. We will negotiate for the full contract next year, 2022. This week during negotiations we discussed ground rules, which set the parameters and tone for our sessions.
    Mar 09, 2021
    Negotiations start March 15, 2021 Your Union and hospital will start negotiations for wages beginning on March 15. You should have received a members only emailed survey. Please respond to the survey as soon as possible.
    Feb 26, 2021
    UNMH News Flash February 25, 2021 Safety First: According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) hospitals are one of the highest risk work environments (
    Feb 04, 2021
    The Heath Security Planning and Design Act (HB 203) has been introduced at the State Legislature. This legislation establishes a public process to start developing the many details of the Plan, based on the Framework presented in the 2019 Health Security Act.
    Jan 28, 2021
    A benefit of seniority: There are two types of seniority- hospital and department. Seniority is defined as the length of time an employee has been continuously employed. Do you know, the longer you are employed by the hospital determines how much vacation time you earn? The longer you are there, the more you earn. For your first year you earn 10 days of annual leave, prorated by your FTE.
    Jan 21, 2021
    Monday, January 18 was a day of remembrance for Martin Luther King, Jr.: Martin Luther King, Jr. was and remains a powerful force for positive and equality in our day to day lives. So much has been written about him, is common knowledge, and is readily available, but did you know that he was also influential in our very Union? Please follow the link to learn more: https://nuhhce.
    Jan 21, 2021
    District 1199NM University Hospital News Flash! January 14, 2021 As frontline workers, we live the effects of COVID-19 every day. We are doing what we can to care for our communities, but it is time we call on our communities to rise to the challenge of the moment.
    Dec 29, 2020
    NEWS FLASH! Our Union is hard at work! We need your participation to continue our growth and increase our strength.  Member participation is welcomed & encouraged!  If you are not a Union Member, take a moment and sign your card today.

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