For the second year in a row, the Mountain West Regional Council of Carpenters United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Health Care Local Union 2166 and UNM Hospitals (UNMH) came to a resolution regarding employee benefits and wages.

The union and UNMH management strongly support the partnership efforts put forth and have confidence that the commitment to communicate openly and honestly in a professional manner will change the nature of labor management relations. Managers, employees and union representatives continue to serve as partners in designing and implementing changes to achieve common goals.

"We are pleased to continue to have this mutually beneficial partnership with Union 2166, which has lead to better conditions for employees and continues to bring better service to hospital customers," said Jim Pendergast, UNMH Administrator for Human Resources. 

Bill Browne, Union 2166's business agent, said that even though a federal mediator was needed to conclude negotiations overall he is pleased with the contract.  "Although we are disappointed with the inability to get a better wage scale, as a whole we are proud of the final contact and hope that we can increase wages for coming years."

The Health Care Local Union 2166 represents 1,132 UNMH employees, who are mostly in the technical and support staff, including admitting representatives, food service aides, medical assistants, technicians, clerks and maintenance specialists. 

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Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322