Any tips re: unions organizing RNs and MAs in New Mexico?

  1. Looking for any guidance anyone might offer me about starting a union presence in a nonprofit healthcare org in northern New Mexico. In the 8 months I've been at my current job (RN), we have seen some pretty astounding behavior from upper management including last-minute mandatory unpaid trainings, unannounced changes to duties and job descriptions without appropriate training, surprise cuts to PTO and benefits, and the like. I'm paid salary, but my hourly colleagues get a lot of pressure to work overtime without pay. Turnover is huge, which makes for patient safety issues, quality problems, and logistical/organizational headaches. Anyway. There is interest among clinical and non-clinical staff in collective bargaining, and I have no idea where to start. My last RN job (in another state) was in large federally qualified health center represented by AFSCME. I don't think that would be an option for my current workplace (not FQHC). It's a small organization with several clinics and <100 employees. I have definitely considered jumping ship but would strongly prefer not to, as I REALLY love this patient population and my coworkers. Even if I do leave soon, I would like to help get this ball rolling for the sake of said pts and coworkers.
    Any tips?
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  3. by   JBudd
    contact 1199, the NM Healthcare workers union. Taos, UNM, CSVRMC are all unionized. nmhospitalworkersunion.com/
  4. by   herring_RN
    Quote from JBudd
    contact 1199, the NM Healthcare workers union. Taos, UNM, CSVRMC are all unionized. nmhospitalworkersunion.com/
    Thank you.
    Click this link:
    National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees | About Us


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