With COVID-19 cases rising, hospitals are cutting workers. That’s not right.

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New Mexico expects a peak in COVID-19 cases in May.[1] So New Mexicans are sacrificing, to slow the virus down and flatten the curve. You know who’s not sacrificing? Hospital executives. Across our state, they’re reducing hours and laying off hospital workers by the hundreds, just when we need them most. 

Their excuse? That hospital bottom lines are taking a hit due to the decrease in elective surgeries. The reality? The governor has given New Mexico hospitals $30 million in federal stimulus dollars to help them weather losses--federal help from the CARES Act for hospitals, health care systems, and medical equipment.[2]

That kind of money should ease the pain. But behind closed doors, hospital fat cats decided that just getting through this crisis isn’t good enough. One executive even admitted to the governor that a “guarantee on their profits” for the year is what hospitals want.[3]

Some hospitals have responded that their officers or CEOs are taking small salary cuts or temporary compensation reductions.[4],[5] Top execs at New Mexico hospitals can make as much as $1 million-plus a year in salary and benefits.[6] A slice off their paychecks isn’t shared sacrifice.

New Mexico families need jobs. New Mexico patients need healthcare workers to be there for us. But hospitals and their CEOs don’t need to maximize profits. Not this year. Not ever!

Taking taxpayer dollars—and cutting hours and jobs for hospital workers on the frontlines?That’s not right. Let’s tell hospital CEOs: We’re in this together. Do what’s right. Stop cutting hours. Stop the layoffs.

Taking taxpayer dollars—and cutting hours and jobs for hospital workers on the frontlines? That’s not right. Let’s tell hospital CEOs: We’re in this together. Do what’s right. Stop cutting hours. Stop the layoffs. TAKE ACTION NOW!

In Solidarity, 

Stephanie Ly, President

AFT New Mexico


[1] https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2020/04/15/coronavirus-new-mexico-governor-80-new-cases-no-new-deaths/5138704002/