Today, during the lunch hour, a letter went out to all New Mexico state legislators and several news outlets. The purpose of the letter was to let everyone know about our website and we are going no where until things improve at DOH.
Below is the letter:
We are writing you once again for help about what is happening at the New Mexico Department of Health and to inform you about our new website NMDOH.com, New Mexico Department of Health in Crisis, where we detail some of the atrocities that have happened and to give employees
an outlet to share their opinion without fear of retaliation from Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres and her administration. NMDOH.com shows employees they are not alone and their voice will be heard. We vow to keep the website up until we see changes at DOH that are NOT only limited to the removal of Dr. Torres but improved basic human rights treatment of employees and adherence basic labor laws including some that were enacted by this very legislature. We have
been getting inquires from local and national news organizations including The New York Times and CNN. It seems a story about employees taking to the web against their employer in a very public
way garners a bit of national interest. Who knows, maybe New Mexico will once again be in the national spotlight for the wrong reasons.
NMDOH.com has seen over 8,400 unique visitors since 1/20/12 when it came online. We are dedicated to the well being of our fellow employees. We are sick and tired of doing multiple jobs because of massive under-staffing caused my Dr. Torres and her administration's treatment of employees. This has become such a pressing issue we have created a tip hotline for employees outside of the state system. The Bullying, Abuse, Retaliation and Fraud (BARF) Tip Hotline is an
independently run resource to DOH employees. They can call (505) 819-3501 to report any BARF that is going on at DOH. We keep everyone's anonymity and get the info to where it will do the most
good. The BARF tip hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We, employees, love our work at DOH. Our work matters. We serve the great state of New Mexico and even her underserved populations. We are proud of what we do and we do not want to see our department destroyed and New Mexico's citizens have their safety-net services pulled from under them. The vacancy rate at DOH has sky rocketed in a department that general has very low attrition numbers. Dedicated public servants are being forced out of their positions.
In March 2011, we were told by managers that anyone that who made disparaging remarks to the press about Secretary Torres or her policies, she would personally fire. This has been confirmed across multiple divisions of DOH. Torres expected all her division/program directors to control their employees. Any wonder why employees are reluctant forward?
Interestingly enough, this edict goes against the Whistleblower Protection Act (HB 165 2010) and was signed by Gov. Bill Richardson. The Whistleblower Protection Act is violated constantly by those who work for Dr. Torres. Diane Moore was a DOH employee who recently settled a lawsuit with DOH where the Whistleblower Protection Act was the main issue. It is rumored that the settlement was a substantial figure. Our state and DOH cannot afford to continue to make these settlement payments and we appear to be on track for future suits.
car was turned off. Many other DOH employees who have vehicles with push to start ignitions have difficulties ensuring the Altimas are off. Punishing an employee who was a passenger and was unaware the vehicle was still on is like a police officer writing a passenger a ticket when the driver is going 10 miles over the speed limit. Two weeks later, Alsberge was put on administrative leave. She wasn’t given a chance to tell her side of the story to her bosses. There is a process when employees are in trouble. Managers are suppose to sit down with employees and have a discussion. That did not happen.
A Collaborative of DOH Employees
One poster wrote in to give us a heads up:
Latest news is that she has heard about this website and is wanting DoIT to check who has received the link via work email and what actions they took i.e. forwarded to home email, opened it at work, etc. Guess she's taking names and planning on kicking butt. Didn't Hitler do the same thing?
This goes to show everyone Torres and her Circle of Trash are now paranoid and know they are holding by the thinnest of threads. If you haven't read through the comments left recently it is certainly worth the time. Go ahead and leave as many comments as you like. We are having a conversation here and anyone can join.
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