United Staff UNM Union

An Independant Voice!

Serving the University of New Mexico's Staff Workers for Over Two Decades

About Us

About Us
About US
In the late 1990’s, a group of dedicated, brave and visionary UNM employees decided that they wanted to improve the working conditions at UNM for themselves and other workers. They began to organize the employees on the UNM campuses. In 2001, their hard work paid off as they won the election to bring collective bargaining to the university. United Staff of the University of New Mexico, (US-UNM) came into existence that year and has been an advocate for UNM workers ever since.

For over two decades, US-UNM Union has been improving the work conditions of UNM employees by providing services in the areas of contract negotiations, political and legislative action, and employee advocacy. US-UNM Union is looking forward to continuing its role as a tireless champion for the university worker in the future.

Mission Statement
The mission of US-UNM Union is encompassed in these five statements:
  1. To bring US-UNM members together for mutual assistance and cooperation.
  2. To promote the welfare of UNM staff employees.
  3. To obtain and maintain for all staff the salary, benefits, and working conditions commensurate with the duties, dedication, and professionalism expected of us.
  4. To promote staff decision making in the administration of the university.
  5. To encourage cooperation with other labor organizations.

If you have an employment issue or concern at work, then please feel free to contact US-UNM at unitedstaffunm@gmail.com. We will contact you in the evenings after work. Please allow up to three working days for a reply. If you would like to join the union, then please contact us and we will get you started.

Union Services

United Staff-UNM Union Services

There are several services the union offers to its bargaining unit members. Below is a list of some of those services.

1. Contract Negotiations

2. Representation in the Grievance Process

3. Political Action

4. Representation at Labor Board Hearings

If you have a work related issue or circumstance, then please send us an email at unitedstaffunm@gmail.com.  Please allow up to 3 working days for a reply.
Union Services

News and Updates

News and Updates
DailyLobo Article: Custodial union protests against poverty wages, union-busting
UNM Labor Coalition Protest for UNM Custodial and Grad Workers

Union Demonstration for Graduate Workers and Maintenance & Clerical Workers
This holiday season give your fellow unionists the gift that counts - Solidarity!
Join UNM's graduate workers and maintenance and clerical workers to demand an end to poverty wages and union busting at UNM.
Where: Between SUB and Mesa Vista Hall
When: December 3, 2021 @ 4:30 PM

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/h8F5nkGeNwHGMfwZ6

Fiscal Year 2021-22 US-UNM Mass Salary Increase Update & Guidelines
USUNM FY2022 Salary Increases & Guidelines
US-UNM Exclusive 1.5% Second Chance Salary Increase for FY22 - Due 9/24/21
Must have mid-year performance evaluation completed by manager online by 9/24/21. Increase will take place during the 10/9/21 pay period.

Signed MOU Fiscal Year 2021-22 US-UNM Mass Salary Increase Update 
Signed FY22 Salary Increase MOU

2019-2021 Advisement Structure Study Negotiations with US-UNM Union
US-UNM MOU Regarding UNM Advisors Equity - 2021
Signed MOU Regarding Advisors 2021

US-UNM MOU Regarding UNM Advisors Job Titles and Grades - 2019
Terms of MOU Regarding Advisors' Job Titles and Grades

US-UNM Voluntary Retirement Incentive Option, (VRIO) Program 2020
Signed MOU on VIRO

US-UNM 2020 Salary Increases
Signed FY20 Salary Increase MOU

Contract & Documents

The US-UNM Union has several pertinent documents that help facilitate the collective bargaining process.  Below are links to each of these documents.

The US-UNM Union Collective Bargaining Agreement (Contract) with the University of New Mexico
Labor union contracts are multiyear, bilateral agreements between the labor union and the employer. A labor union contract codifies the terms and conditions of employment for union members, as well as the employer's obligations and responsibilities.
Click to Open US-UNM Contract

University of New Mexico Labor Management Relations Resolution 
This document provides rights, responsibilities, and procedures in the employment relationship between employees and the employer.
Click to Open UNM Labor Management Resolution

University of New Mexico Labor Management Relations Board Rules and Regulations
This document outlines the rules and regulations for labor management relations including general provisions, representation proceedings, and prohibited practices proceedings.
Click to Open UNM Labor Board Rules & Regulations​​​

Contract & Documents



What is a labor union?
A labor union, or trade union, is an association of fair wage-earners uniting for the purpose of maintaining and improving the conditions of their employment.

Why join a labor union?

America’s 15.5 million union members , working people in all walks of life join together in unions to gain a voice at work. Union members have a say about pay, benefits, working conditions and how their jobs get done -- and having that say gives them a "union advantage."

What is the US-UNM Union Collective Bargaining Agreement/Contract?
This is the legally binding contract between UNM and US-UNM Union that states the negotiated wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment. The US-UNM Agreement supersedes the UNM Policies and Procedures. Part or all of the contract can be negotiated each year depending on the agreed terms. If a new contract is not negotiated or ratified by the expiration date, then, per state law, the existing contract remains binding until a new contract is ratified. Thus, the Union is never without a contract. The sustainment of a previous contract is known as the “evergreen clause.” Click here for the latest US-UNM Contract Agreement.

I believe my boss has violated the US-UNM Agreement and UNM Policies and Procedures. What can I do?
Contact the Union right away at untiedstaffunm@gmail.com and tell us your story. Any violation of the Agreement is subject to the grievance and arbitration proceedings found under Article 21 Grievance and Article 22 Arbitration of the Agreement. Please note you only have twelve working days from the date of when you knew or should have known of the violation to file a timely grievance. So, immediately contacting the Union is important to making sure you can file a timely grievance.

I sent an email to the US-UNM Union, when will they respond?
Per the US-UNM Agreement, the Union has up to 3 working days to respond to an inquiry.

If I am a member of the bargaining unit, does that make me a union member? 
No. A bargaining unit in labor relations is a group of employees with a clear and identifiable community of interests who are (under U.S. law) represented by a single labor union in collective bargaining and other dealings with management. A union member is an employee who affirmatively elects to join a union, pay dues, and participate in the decisions of the Union.

How can I become a union member?

Just simply go to the Membership page on this website and download our membership form, fill it out and sign it.
  1. You can email us at unitedstaffunm@gmail.com, so we can come by and get the form and give you your new member packet.
  2. You can mail in the membership form:
    United Staff UNM, Local 6155
    P.O.Box 67818
    Albuquerque, NM 87193
    Welcome to the Union!

My boss wants me to sign a document and I do NOT agree with it. Do I have to sign it?

Per the US-UNM Agreement under Article 20, you can sign and date the document and write the words “Received Only.” This means your signature does not imply agreement with the document, but rather receipt only.
Per the US-UNM Agreement, you are also afforded 5 working days to supply a written rebuttal to any document that you sign. Management must attach your rebuttal to the original document.

Are labor unions relevant? What have they actually accomplished for workers?

Absolutely, labor unions are relevant. Here is just a small list of rights that have been produced, in large part, by Labor Unions. See if you have experienced any of these worker’s rights.
  • The eight-hour workday, the 40 hour work week and weekend
    As early as 1866, Labor unions first began lobbying for an eight-hour workday and achieved this with the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. This law also provided minimum wage standards, overtime compensation, and the prohibition of utilizing child labor in the workplace.
  • Workplace Safety Laws and Standards
    In 1970, the Occupational Health and Safety Act was passed and signed by President Nixon. The Act’s passage happened, in part, by the labor unions successful lobbying of Congress and the White House for this legislation.
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (1964)
    This landmark legislation prohibited discrimination by employers or unions on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion or gender. Again, several labor unions were instrumental in lobbying Congress and the White House for passage of this law. Moreover, labor unions have made sure this law has been followed in the workplace by filing grievances when violated and pursuing litigation when necessary.
  • Unemployment Insurance and Social Security
    Workers have been able to have a safety net when they fall upon difficult times such as unemployment, injury, or old age. Unemployment Insurance and Social Security have been two benefits that labor unions initially fought to have passed. Unions continue to fight and support unemployment and social security benefits for all workers.


Employment Resources
There are numerous UNM, state and federal resources that can inform and assist you with your employment circumstances. Below is a list of general employment referrals.

Counseling, Assistance and Referral Services, (CARS) 
CARS promotes a healthy work-life balance by providing on-site services to assist UNM faculty and staff members with professional and personal concerns.
Click for CARS Website

Department of Labor, (DOL) Wage Hour Division 
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL also enforces the FMLA which is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
Click for DOL Website

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Click for EEOC Website

Occupational Health and Safety Administration, (OSHA)
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
OSHA Website:
Click for OSHA Website

New Mexico Human Rights Division
The Human Rights Act was enacted in 1969 to ensure that all New Mexicans are protected from discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodation. The Human Rights Bureau is responsible for enforcing the Human Rights Act under the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
Click for NM Human Rights Website

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions strives to be a leader in improving employment and poverty rates through workforce development, enhanced services for employers, and ensuring fair labor practices and workforce protections for New Mexicans. This department administers the state unemployment benefits.
Click for NM Workforce Solution Website


US-UNM Board

Doris Williams

Lois Kennedy
Vice President

Janice Blevins
Vice President of OMI Division

Mary Dewey

If you have an employment issue or concern at work, then please feel free to contact US-UNM at unitedstaffunm@gmail.com. We will contact you in the evenings after work, so please leave an evening phone number. Kindly allow up to three working days for a reply.

US-UNM Board

Contact Us

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States