Sharing some sad news: Mateo “Matt” Montoya, RN

I love my job. Every day I’m happy to go to work.

People come in with a big injury and they walk
out healed. People with asthma leave breathing.
Someone with a broken leg leaves
not in pain any more.

That’s why I do it.

— Matt Montoya, RN

Dear SEIU 121RN Members,

It is with a heavy heart that I share some sad news: our brother SEIU Local 121RN Executive Board Member Mateo “Matt” Montoya was killed in an accident on the way to work earlier this month.

Matt was the kind of Union leader who poured himself into his work as well as his boundless efforts to improve wages, benefits, working conditions, and patient safety.

In addition to serving on the Union’s Executive Board, Matt was:

  • 121RN Chapter President at Encino Hospital Medical Center
  • Union Steward
  • Bargaining Team Member
  • Member Political Lobbyist for strong nursing legislation

On a Go Fund Me page, the family writes that Matt “always put others before himself—especially his patients during this horrid COVID-19 crisis.”

We are heartbroken.

Please consider joining other 121RN and community members who have already contributed via the “Go Fund Me” page »»» here.

The family is extending open arms to all who would like to attend the services for Matt:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Poverello of Assisi Retreat House
1519 Woodworth Street,  San Fernando,  CA 91340
Wake: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mass: 11 a.m.

Join online:
Youtube »
Facebook »

For those who were unable to join the services, you may view a recording here.

In Unity and Strength,
Dr. Nina Wells, DNP, MSN-NE, RN, PHN
President, SEIU Local 121RN
—and— Rosanna Mendez
Executive Director, SEIU Local 121RN


P.S. Matt left us just days after being a guest of the Los Angeles Charges at the Super Bowl. He was honored as a “Healthcare Hero” for his work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. See our Facebook post here.

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