Let's Talk New Mexico 5/21, 8a: Keeping our communities and public spaces clean is life-saving work as we fight viral spread. On this week's call-in show, we'll hear from those essential workers about the conditions they face during the pandemic. Do you work in sanitation or on a hospital cleaning crew? Do you clean homes or other businesses for a living? Are you a home health care worker? We want to hear from you about how things are going. Or do you have a special story or gratitude shoutout for someone who cleans the spaces you inhabit? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.
- Journalist Yasmin Khan
- Mauricio de Segovia from the District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees
- Catherine Jacks, a caregiver in San Felipe Pueblo
- Have you experienced a short check? Wage theft? You can call the federal Department of Labor: dol.gov, 1-866-487-2365, the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions: dws.state.nm.us, or Albuquerque’s Legal Department: cabq.gov/legal, (505) 768-4500).
- If you're experiencing discrimination or harassment, you can report it to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: eeoc.gov, 1-800-669-4000, the state's Human Rights Bureau: 1-800-566-9471, or Albuquerque's Office of Equity and Inclusion: (505) 768-3307.
- For occupational health and safety violations, look to OSHA: osha.gov, 1-800-321-6742. Or if you were injured on the job, the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration: workerscomp.nm.gov, 505-827-3600.
- Or if you experience retaliation for speaking out, the National Labor Relations Board: nlrb.gov, 1-844-762-NLRB.
- The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty can also hear your claims about unsafe conditions and wage theft: nmpovertylaw.org, 505-255-2840
- Workers rights advocates at Somos un Pueblo Unido are ready to help, too: somosunpueblounido.org. They have offices in Santa Fe, Roswell and Hobbs.
- And of course, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos also helps workers facing exploitation, wage theft, injury ... all of it: elcentronm.org, 505-246-1627
- And don't forget: Here's where you can register to get your mail-in absentee ballot in New Mexico for the next 49 days.
- Anyone who is feeling alone or down or who just needs to talk to someone, check in with New Mexico’s Peer-to-Peer Warmline: 1-855-4NM-7100. They’re open between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. every day. They also can do text conversations with you between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- If you’re a hospital worker or a first responder and you want to talk to someone, that’s a phone call away, too. That number is: 1-855-507-5509.