RMCHCS – Gallup, NM

Physicians employed by Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, NM are unionizing so they can speak up for patient safety without fear of losing their jobs. These doctors have been tirelessly serving the Navajo and other indigenous communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Last OB-GYN doctor resigns from RMCHCS

Dr. Hannah Palm, who has been at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services for less than a year, said she didn’t feel safe or heard. She believed the hospital was not well-staffed on the nurse or physician side in order to provide safe patient care, and found...

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Former, current RMCH staff voice concerns, frustrations

Former, current RMCH staff voice concerns, frustrations

Lauber, who was the hospital’s only Diné physician on staff and chief of staff on the board, said his firing has made it virtually impossible for him to apply for any job at RMCH. “That means that I couldn’t apply as the CEO or any other jobs,” he said. “And this is...

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UAPD organizers can answer all your questions. Contact Rachel Flores at rflores@uapd.com or at 310-398-4038.

Who Can Join a Union?

Any doctor who is an employee has the right to join a labor union. This includes doctors directly employed by state or county agencies as well as by for-profit and non-profit private employers. While most UAPD-represented doctors work in California and Washington, we are helping doctors in other states to organize unions as well.

Why Unionize?

Unionization puts doctors back where they belong—in control of their work and with a leading role in health care. UAPD helps doctors negotiate improvements in their salaries, fringe benefits, job security, and working conditions. We can help doctors regain job satisfaction and improve the quality of the medical care that they deliver.


UAPD has successfully represented doctors for nearly 50 years. Affiliated with the 1.3 million member American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), UAPD can draw on extensive lobbying, research, and organizing power to support its efforts on behalf of doctors.



Legislative Advocacy

Every year UAPD sponsors and endorses state legislature bills that are beneficial to working doctors and those they care for.

Legal Expertise

UAPD stewards and staff get advice and support from experienced labor attorneys.

Doctor Leadership

UAPD is a democratically-run union governed by an elected executive board composed entirely of our members. All contracts must be ratified by the members working for that employer.

Professional Staff

The experienced, professional labor negotiators on staff with UAPD know the issues of salaried doctors inside and out. They have the expertise to get the job done. No other union even comes close.

Union members can save thousands of dollars on products and services by taking advantage of discounts provided to union members by Union Plus and AFSCME Advantage.

As the year progressed, our members demanded to have a stronger voice in health decisions affecting their patients, especially concerning public health decisions.

– UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, JD

With greater strength and diversity comes an opportunity and responsibility to comment upon health issues that affect our members, their patients, and the public in general.

– UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD

Traditional physician interactions are being altered in this 21st-century pandemic.

– UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD