AFSCME Council 18

Santa Fe County Detention Medical Support Staff Vote AFSCME!

Congratulations to the Santa Fe County Detention Centers Medical Support Staff who voted to join AFSCME on Friday, November 22. The vote was overwhelmingly for AFSCME. Every vote cast FOR Union was a vote for AFSCME, with ZERO votes cast for a competing association, and only one vote for no union representation.

Medical support staff braved icy roads and a big New Mexico snowstorm (even on their day off) to cast their ballots Friday.

The LPNs, RNs, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Pharmacy Techs were led in their efforts by an incredible, strong internal organizing committee.

“We are excited,” said organizing committee member, Jessica Narvaiz, RN. “We need strong representation and AFSCME is the union for the job. The entire campaign was quick and smooth, AFSCME was there for us when we had no place else to turn.”

Reached for comment, Bernadette Salazar, Santa Fe County Human Resources Director said she, “hasn’t had the chance to evaluate the situation," regarding the recent election, but has “worked with AFSCME for a number of years and we anticipate having a positive working relationship with the new bargaining unit.”

Stan Gehman, LPN, organizing committee adds, “a number of people worked very hard to get AFSCME in. From the beginning, even before the election, AFSCME was there to represent and protect employees from bogus charges.”

Congratulations to AFSCME’s newest members!

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