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Dear Employees,

As unions contact our employees, please make sure you thoroughly research the information that’s being shared with you and ask questions. Important things to consider:

  • Financial costs for union members. Union members are often required to pay dues and initiation fees. Assessments and union fines may also be charged. It’s important to know the cost of fees, dues, and fines
    and how they’ll impact you.
  • Cost comparisons. When a union promotes contract pay increases, compare them to your normal yearly
    salary increase and take into consideration what you would pay in union dues and other fees. Be sure you
    also take into consideration the cost of living when given examples of salaries in other communities, as they
    vary greatly.
  • Freedom and individuality. Union members must follow the rules of their contract and rules related to their specific job class. Unions often put an emphasis on seniority. Be sure you understand how a union may
    impact your schedule, ability to ask for time off, overtime, etc.
  • Changes to your relationship with leaders. The introduction of a third party and union steward can affect how you work with your leader. Look at how third-party representation may change that.
  • Changes to wages and benefits. No matter what’s promised, salaries can increase, decrease or stay the same with union representation.
  • The impact of a strike. Consider how a work stoppage could impact you.

We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions, and we encourage you to get all the facts and have a full understanding of what’s being presented to you. If you have questions regarding unions or union representation, please let us or your leader know.


Linda Hunt
President and CEO
Dignity Health
Arizona Service Area
Mark Slyter
President and CEO
Chandler Regional Medical Center
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Patty White
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center