IMPORTANT UPDATE

Senate Bill 110 (Stewart) is of particular interest to all of our members. This proposed bill is intended to change the New Mexico Public Employees Bargaining Act (PEBA) in several important ways that will be of interest to our members. A PDF of the summary is linked below. We will discuss this bill at our regular meeting this Friday (Jan 31). Look for the regular SFCC-AAUP newsletter for the time and place for that meeting.

Summary of SB 110 (Stewart) 2020 PEBA Legislation (1 Pager)

SFCC-AAUP August 2019 Updates

 

 

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: August 18, 2019 at 2:29:38 PM MDT
Subject: AAUP  Update: August 19

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of August 19th.

·       New: Call for Interest in Faculty-Management Committee (FMC)

·       Update: Union Dues and Membership

·       New: Employment Contracts Must be Signed by Monday, August 19th

·       Announcement: Grievance Training with National Rep., Jamie Daniel, Friday, August 30

We had a wonderful convocation meeting last week and thank all faculty who were able to attend! Marci emphasized how our union has come a great distance in the past year, all due to the diligence and dedication of so many faculty members. Now, after many long months of work, we have secured SFCC’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement. As anyone involved in the effort knows, this was no easy feat. But with our first contract under our belt, we can look toward continually strengthening it in the years to come. This is an accomplishment to celebrate! We hope that this success might inspire you to become even more active in our union cause.

Call for Interest in Faculty-Management Committee:

One of the more important union roles—and perhaps the most immediately pressing—is that of “Faculty Management Committee,” a group of three individuals who meets regularly with three representatives from the administration to discuss issues related to the contract and to ensures that the contrast is being enforced appropriately from the faculty’s perspective. We have already, this early in the semester and this early into our contract, encountered issues that need to be monitored, and we are calling for volunteers or nominations for these positions as soon as possible. Please consider joining us as we work toward establishing a culture of collaboration and communication with our administration –and in assuring that our newly won rights are not compromised. Here is a description of the committee from our CBA:

30.1 A Faculty-Management Committee (FMC) is established. The FMC’s purpose shall be the discussion of faculty concerns and issues which relate to professional needs and matters which relate to te1ms and conditions of employment. The FMC shall be composed of three (3) representatives appointed by the College President and three (3) representatives appointed by the SFCC-AAUP. By mutual agreement the FMC may establish rules and procedures provided they do not conflict with any provision of this Agreement, study issues or establish sub-committees to study issues which will be reported back to the FMC and submit written findings and recommendations to the College and the SFCC-AAUP.

Union Dues and Membership Update:

Fulltime faculty who have completed their first year of probation and who are not considered “temporary” are “bargaining unit members,” which means they are covered by the CBA and that you have union rights. Paying union dues defines you as a “voting” member of the union. This means that you will have a say in things like voting on CBA language, determining leadership positions, and voting in matters that determine the direction of our union business. Membership brings up two things that we are working to get into place. First, we needed to determine dues amounts, and second we are working with administration to agree to language that authorizes the automatic union dues deduction from our paychecks. Finalizing the language in our authorization cards means we are also finalizing the accompanying logistics that goes with actualizing this union right.

In order to assure that we are complying with our contract, members will need to have signed “Dues Authorization Cards” to be submitted to the union before the 15th of September. The union will then give payroll the authorization cards by September 15 deadline identified in our CBA. These cards are the official notice that you are a union member and are requesting that your dues be deducted from your paychecks regularly. As soon as the language on these cards is finalized with our legal team and with the administration, union representatives will be visiting you soon with cards for your signature.

During the convocation meeting, we also voted on our local dues percentage which will be added to the national AAUP dues and then according to our new CBA language, automatically deducted from our paychecks beginning just after September 15th. The vote resulted in a decision that our local dues will be .4% of our annual base salary. These dues will cover essential costs such as legal fees, but they can also be allocated in ways that the voting members of the union determine. For example, we might someday vote to create a “Emergency Faculty Relief Fund” to provide assistance to members who might be experiencing financial difficulties due to medical care or family situations. Here is an example of the amount of dues to be withdrawn per paycheck this fall based on a $50,000 base salary (note that the amount of national dues will increase slightly in 2020, from $234 to $240 per year):

$50,000 Annual Salary 9 mo. Pay (21 checks ) 12 mo. Pay (26 checks)
Local Decimal Factor .004 (.4%) $9.52 $7.69
National Annual Dues 2019: $234 $11.14 $9.00
Total Dues Deduction 2019 per Pay Period $20.66 $16.69

Employment Contracts Must be Signed by Monday, August 19th:

Many of you may have already signed your new contract directly after the Academic Affairs meeting last Thursday. However, if you have not done so already, please be sure to have signed in Human Resources by the end of the day Monday, August 19. In addition, before signing, do make sure to double check that your salary reflects the previously detailed increases due to all members of the collective bargaining unit.

Grievance Training with National Rep., Jamie Daniel, Friday, August 30:

Jamie Daniel, our national AAUP representative, will be joining us at the end of August to deliver a training on grievances—our new rights to grieve and how we can help represent our fellow faculty members who might submit grievances or have grievances submitted against them. The training will be on Friday, August 30th and more details will be forthcoming. Please consider joining us to learn about this important process—one of the great new rights we’ve won with our contract!

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, or concerns you might have. We look forward to an exciting new semester working alongside you all!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:25 AM
Subject: Regular Fall Meeting and Officer Elections

Dear Colleagues,

SFCC-AAUP will hold our regular fall meeting on Friday, September 13th from 12:30-2:00(room TBA). During this meeting, elections will be held for the positions of President, Treasurer, and Communications Director. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for these three officer positions. Each will be for a two-year term ending in October, 2021. During the meeting, nominees will have the opportunity to briefly address the members. Each nominee must be a member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP. Nominations must be made by an eligible member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP and should be submitted to aaupsfcc@gmail.com no later than September 3rd. A list of candidates will be distributed to the members no later than one week prior to the election. Any member in good standing shall be eligible to vote. If there is only one nominee for a given office, that person shall be elected by acclamation. Voting shall be by secret ballot and ballots will be counted immediately following the voting.

As we begin a new chapter of our union’s history with the recent success of our very first contract, we hope that you’ll consider joining our leadership team! Let’s ensure that the faculty’s voice remains a strong one well into the future.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP <info@email.actionnetwork.org>
Date: August 5, 2019 at 3:39:37 PM MDT
To: dsicko@gmail.com
Subject: Welcome Back Lunch Meeting: August 8th, 12:30-2:00, Room 216
Reply-To: aaupsfcc@gmail.com

Dear Colleagues,

SFCC-AAUP welcomes you back for fall semester, 2019! We would like to invite all faculty to our usual convocation lunch meeting on Thursday, August 8th, from 12:30-2 in room 216, directly after Faculty Senate. Pizza will be served!

The agenda is as follows:

Welcome back

Announcements (Invitation to President and collection of discussion ideas, Grievance Training, Upcoming Officer Election)

Approve Meeting Agenda

Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting

Officers Updates

New Business:

Discussion of Membership Cards

Discussion of Local Dues

Vote on Local Dues (secret ballot)

Discussion of Union Roles and Potential Areas of Participation

Looking forward to a wonderful new year ahead!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

SFCC-AAUP July 2019 Updates

 

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: July 31, 2019 at 2:22:08 PM MDT
Subject: Update: New Contracts Available

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin looking toward the beginning of the fall semester, SFCC-AAUP wanted to let you know that our new faculty contracts are available to be signed. Depending upon your position on or off of the “step matrix,” if you are a faculty member who was a part of the union’s bargaining unit during the last fiscal year, you should either be receiving an 8% raise (3% plus 5%) or you should move up three steps on the matrix. If you were not a member of the bargaining unit during the previous fiscal year, you should receive either an additional 5% raise (added to the 3% you should have already received last fiscal year) or two additional steps on the salary matrix. If you notice any discrepancies on your contract, please notify us as soon as possible.

And just in case you need clarification, a “bargaining unit member” is someone who successfully completed their first year of probationary status. So if you were in your first year of probation last fiscal year or if you were temporary status, you were not considered a “bargaining unit member” at that time.

Thank you, and wishing you a wonderful beginning of August!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

SFCC-AAUP June 2019 Updates

 

 

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: June 19, 2019 at 8:55:46 PM MDT
Subject: Update: Initial Pay Increases

Dear Colleagues,
We wanted to inform you that we have received notification from the college that the initial pay increase for faculty (originally scheduled to go out with the May 10th and May 24th paychecks) will be made this Friday, either as a part of our June 21st paychecks or as a separate payment on the same date.
Each bargaining unit member should also receive a note from the college detailing this one-time increase, noting whether it repre sents a progression in “steps” on the salary matrix or a 3% raise.
This increase will apply to all faculty who are “core” or who are in their second year of probation (i.e. bargaining unit members). These faculty members are encouraged to check their email and their paychecks on the 21st in order to make sure that increases are, indeed, received. If for some reason your increase does not appear as it should, please let us know by replying to this email. As the college explained, the process for completing this pay change was a complicated one, resulting in the delay. Thank you all for your patience!
Wishing you wonderful summers, whether you’re teaching or taking some well-deserved time off!
Sincerely,
SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: June 14, 2018 at 6:25:05 PM MDT
Subject: AAUP Press Release: June 14

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you’re all having enjoyable summers so far, whether you’re teaching or spending time away from campus. We wanted to let you know that SFCC-AAUP distributed the following press release today as a supplement to our previous press release. While SFCC-AAUP had not initially intended to go to the press with our concerns, because the administration decided to initiate this process by distributing its own press release, we felt that it was necessary to respond. If you would like to see the administration’s “fact sheet,” you may access it here: https://www.sfcc.edu/press/cbfactsheet/

Here is our own second release, sent today:

14 June 2018

SFCC-AAUP Fact Sheet on Collective Bargaining

* SFCC-AAUP and the College agree to a bargaining agenda before each session, which includes both counterproposal and new proposal topics.

* SFCC went off-agenda when it provided a full package proposal after the session dedicated to ground rules had concluded on December 7th, 2017. This package proposal is largely copied and pasted from CNM’s contract, some of which, including work hours, appears in the staff portion of the contract rather than the faculty’s.

* SFCC’s Governing Board voted on April 25th to set aside an aggregate amount of money for negotiating compensation with SFCC-AAUP. The amount roughly equates to the 3% increases for faculty included in the union.

* Despite the Governing Board’s vote, the college notified SFCC-AAUP that they intend to exclude union members from compensation increases, unless the union ratifies its first contract in June.

* SFCC-AAUP subsequently notified the college that it is willing to waive all legal objections to giving its members 3% increases on the same July 1st date as everyone else.

* SFCC’s plan would mean administration intends to exclude teachers from salary increases and give themselves and other SFCC employees increases, effective July 1, 2018, even as the NM State Legislature has allocated an increase in the “instructional category.”

* SFCC-AAUP has shared the perspective with administration that because negotiations appear to be moving slowly, a potential exclusion from compensation increases, pending a summer ratification of the contract, is concerning because it appears to be the product of an aggressive negotiating strategy, counter-productive to the union’s primary objective of maintaining positive relations in the college’s teaching and learning environment. SFCC-AAUP’s goal is mutually respectful dialogue and shared decision-making.

* Additionally, because the majority of full-time faculty are not paid or contracted to be on campus in June and July, SFCC-AAUP intends to wait to ratify the contract until all faculty are back on campus. Most full-time contracts resume in August. The union values sufficient opportunity for full participation and democratic process for members during this important first-contract ratification.

* In December 2017, the union suggested the teams meet once a week for 8-hour sessions, and the college declined, opting instead for occasional half-day sessions. SFCC has only just recently decided it wants to meet for weekly 8-hour sessions.

* While SFCC-AAUP appreciates the progress made in negotiations, SFCC-AAUP continues to advocate for an increase in partnership in developing contract language that is fair and addresses the concerns of both parties, as well as the needs of our students.

Santa Fe Community College-AAUP (SFCC-AAUP) represents full-time faculty at Santa Fe Community College, who voted 93% in support of unionization, officially winning union representation in March of 2017. The AAUP represents faculty union members at more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide.

SFCC-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement and Ratification

A Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract) has been negotiated and will come up for ratification by the members this Friday (May 17) and Monday (May 20). Only members in good standing can vote (dues paid up in both the national AAUP and local SFCC-AAUP). Voting will take place in room 224 (the Board Breakout room) Friday 17 May between 11:00-12:30pm, and Monday 20 May between 11:00-12:30 pm.

As soon as it is available a link to the proposed contract will be posted below. There will be a Q&A in room 570 on Thursday May 16 from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (SFCC AAUP FINAL REVISED516)

Fact sheet for collective bargaining agreement (FACT SHEET-2 fin)

Membership Information: You must be a member in good standing (dues paid) in both the national AAUP and local SFCC-AAUP to vote for ratification. Information on paying or renewing your membership dues is available by clicking on Membership dues from the Home menu (top, bottom, or right side of this page). Or following the link here.

SFCC-AAUP May 2019 Updates

 

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: May 28, 2019 at 5:22:12 PM MDT
Subject: An Update from Our SFCC-AAUP President

Dear Friends,

As your union president, I just wanted to connect with all of you because we have so much to be proud of together. Some of you won’t get this until we are back from summer break, but whenever you read this, I hope you will take a moment to recognize the distance we’ve all come in our unionizing journey. In December of 2016, the faculty filed union cards with the state of New Mexico. Then in March of 2017, you all cast votes that expressed an overwhelming 94% support to unionize. In December of 2017, our negotiating team began the long, difficult road, built on personal sacrifice of time and energy, to securing a very first Collective Bargaining Agreement for all of us. On Monday, May 20th, union members finished casting votes, establishing a clear wish to ratify the contract, and on the evening of May 22, 2019, the Governing Board did the same. This contract demonstrates your commitment to actively exercising our collective voice.

I have learned so much from the experience of being your elected president. Time and time again, what I find myself inspired by most is how much of yourselves you pour into our community—your programs and the learning you create in our classrooms are a testament to what it actually means to “empower students.”

At the times when I’ve felt most tired, watching you strive for quality across disciplines and programs (sometimes in spite of formidable challenges in your working conditions) has kept me going. Many of us would say we do not teach because we want fancy lives. Those who choose the life of a classroom are often motivated by creative desires of the heart, not status or recognition. But I just want you to know that I see you. This is why serving as your union president has been such an honor. I am the one who gets to see the lengths to which many of you will go to cultivate excellence. It is an authentic gift.

Another gift has been seeing how many of us have begun to break down our “silos” to understand more fully what we each do. I hope as we move forward into this new era, we can work together to build a culture of even greater understanding and recognition because youdeserve it.

A union is not about the contract alone. It is about the little relationships we already have and also about making new ones. It is about coming together and bearing witness to each other’s successes and struggles, both inside the classroom and out. It is also about taking what we know of one another and using it to lift each other up.Our current system in higher education is designed so that we are asked to defend ourselves—explain our successes and “failures” with data and defend our programs and our work to justify our worth.These are incomplete measures. One danger I see in this system is its focus on turning inward and fighting for ourselves, and then we stop there because we are so tired, forgetting to pick our heads up and see that our neighbors are engaged in the same challenge.

Imagine if we could actively work to build a culture of proactive confirmation, not just with data, not with extra work, but with small moments of big recognition? What if we made it our daily business to speak about our respect for our colleagues and what they are doing? Many of us already do this, I know, but what if we could thensystematically lift one another up publicly and regularly? Our contract is one way we will be able to do this in the future, but we can also do it in less formal ways and still be systematic about it. It could be that we make a regular point to acknowledge our neighbors in conversations one on one, at meetings in front of administrators, and to friends and neighbors who pay taxes to support the college. Unabashed, loud, and very public witness of someone else builds recognition, and honest recognition builds respect because it actively interrupts narratives that all to often fail to take into account the true nature of who we are and why we are here.

I also see opportunity to create true change. Before, unionizing, we were often at the whim of our administration, and were left to renegotiate the relationship between the faculty and the college afresh every time someone new took the power. This is not true anymore.

We own this contract, not the other way around. But without our living, breathing interaction with the contract, it is just a piece of paper. As faculty we are often academically trained to poke holes in power structures and systems and to offer related critique, noting what’s wrong with the picture. But critique of our circumstances only gets us so far in this new system. If we want to truly address the issues we see, we must get involved in the efforts to improve our circumstances. This is exciting because our efforts can now truly translate into improved reality on the ground. Our license to complain extends only as far as our willingness to roll our sleeves up, and contribute solutions moving forward, even if it’s just in small ways.Sitting back and letting others take the helm is part of the old system of survival and apathy created by a lack of true recourse.

Lets be clear. This new contract is not perfect, but we now have the ability to negotiate and improve the language and the rules regularly and systematically for decades to come, and it is the cornerstone for creating collective voice in our working conditions. But collective voice and participation can be many things. It can be serving as an officer or as a negotiator on the negotiation team. But it can also be helping new members understand their rights. It can be coming to a meeting, it can be mobilizing efforts with the community to garner support for our faculty, or it can be accompanying a colleague in crisis to HR because we now have the right to insist that we not face the heat alone. You don’t have to get a directive to do these things. You can offer yourself based on what you know of your own strengths and resources. We can each simply carve a little place out for ourselves and take care of our neighbors.

My time as our union president will soon come to an end. In November of 2019, you all will elect a new person to take the helm, and this person will bring fresh ideas, new vision, and talents. But just know that as I review everything we’ve done together, I have never felt more honored than I feel at the end of this semester. This has been a team effort, and it has left me feeling a sense of gratitude unlike any I’ve ever felt before.   I thank each one of you for your support, your honesty, and questions. I have taken your feedback (even when it was uncomfortable), your efforts, and your sacrifices, and I’ve had no choice but to grow as a human being because of them. This has not been easy, and I know we all went through the unionizing process together in one way or another. And even though this has at times been incredibly difficult and sometimes even painful on both a professional and personal level, I have never known anything so fully worth the struggle. I am forever changed and forever proud.

Very gratefully yours,

Marci

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: May 20, 2019 at 3:44:07 PM MDT
Subject: Union Members Vote YES for Ratification of Contract!

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that our very first union contract has been unanimously approved for ratification by those members of SFCC-AAUP who cast votes. Next, the Governing Board will announce on Wednesday whether or not the contract has been approved by the administration.

Congratulations to all who have worked so hard in so many difference capacities for this important first step toward a more a equitable working environment and a stronger faculty voice!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

Note: The SFCC-BYLAWS can be accessed from SFCC-AAUP Official Documents from the menu on the left side or top/bottom of your screen (Mac or PC).

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:54 PM
Subject: AAUP Special Update

Dear Colleagues,

Contrary to what we thought after the conclusion of mediation on Thursday of last week, there is now a contract to be voted upon!

We believed that SFCC-AAUP and the administration had reached the end of negotiations and were headed directly to arbitration. Over the last few days, though, our two parties engaged in more talks, and the administration and the union teams were able to agree on a draft of a contract to put before the union members and the Governing Board. Each side will vote respectively on whether or not to ratify (accept) the contract. In the event that both sides have a majority vote in favor of the contract, it will then be ratified and will become our first contract.

As soon as it is available, the contract will posted on our website, along with a “fact sheet” providing overviews of important articles. You can access the website here: https://aaupsfcc.wordpress.com/

Every faculty member is encouraged to take the time to read the contract in its entirety. Because this is such an important decision, we also want to make sure that the faculty has an opportunity to meet with the negotiations team to discuss any questions or concerns that may arise after reviewing the contract’s terms and language. Please join us THIS Thursday, May 16th, in room 570 from 3:00-5:00 for this important discussion.

Finally, there will be a ratification vote held THIS Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th. Members should come to the Board Breakout Room (room 224) between 11:00-12:30 on one of these dates to cast their votes.

Please keep in mind that only those members who are up-to-date on their dues will be able to cast votes for or against ratification. In order to be up-to-date, you will need to pay both the local and the national dues. Here is a link to the AAUP website for information on paying national dues: https://www.aaup.org/membership/join . Please check our local wordpress website linked above to find information about paying local dues. We will also be following up with people on this front just in case you have questions.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Thursday!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the final union meeting of the semester this Friday, May 3rd, from 11:00-12:30 in room 410.

Happy almost-end-of-the-semester to you all!

SFCC Executive Committee

SFCC-AAUP April 2019 Updates

 

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2019 5:01 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: April 22

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of April 22nd. In this week’s update:

  • Update: Mediation Scheduled for May 8th, Community Support in Process
  • Update: Upcoming Contract Action at the Governing Board Meeting, Monday April 29th at 5:30
  • Update: Evaluation/Observation of Adjunct Faculty under Protest
  • New: Officer Nominations for Fall Election
  • Reminder: Union Meeting Friday, May 3rd, 11-12:30

Update: Mediation Scheduled and Community Support in Process

Mediation between SFCC-AAUP’s and the administration’s negotiations teams has now been scheduled for May 8th, and we continue to hope that our parties can come to further agreement at the bargaining table. In the meantime, our faculty has been reaching out to community members, encouraging them to contact our Governing Board in support of providing equitable compensation and fair workload for faculty at SFCC, and we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from these supporters. If you have not yet had a chance to reach out to our greater community and would like to, please contact us by replying to this email, and we would be happy to provide you with information and letter templates that you can easily send along. If you have already asked community members to write on our behalf, please let us know so that we can keep track of the number and names of our supporters!

Update: Upcoming Contract Action at the Governing Board Meeting, Monday April 29th at 5:30

The next Governing Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 29th at 5:30. Please join other union members and our community supporters in making public comments, asking that the Governing Board encourage the administration to approach mediation as an opportunity to embrace a collaborative “win-win” approach to facilitating equitable compensation and work working conditions on our campus.

Update: Participating in Adjunct Faculty Evaluations/Observations

The union continues to emphasize to the administration the need for a formally negotiated and systematized process of adjunct faculty evaluation/observation. However, because the administration expects full-time faculty to adhere to its own new and un-negotiated procedure, as we focus on our upcoming mediation, SFCC-AAUP asks faculty members who are directed to participate in such observations to contact the union immediately before you take any action. We have specific instructions from our national office about handling such requests. If you have any additional questions about this, please contact SFCC-AAUP.

New: Officer Nominations for Fall Election

As we begin to look toward summer, we are already also thinking about upcoming elections in the fall. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the three officer positions that will be elected for two-year terms ending in October, 2021: President, Treasurer, and Communications Director. During the regular fall meeting in September (date and location TBA), nominees will have the opportunity to briefly address the members. Each nominee must be a member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP. Nominations must be made by an eligible member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP and should be submitted to aaupsfcc@gmail.com. A list of candidates will be distributed to the members no later than one week prior to the election. Any member in good standing shall be eligible to vote. If there is only one nominee for a given office, that person shall be elected by acclamation. Voting shall be by secret ballot and ballots will be counted immediately following the voting. Please consider joining our leadership team!

Reminder: Union Meeting Friday, May 3rd, 11-12:30 in Room 410

Please put our final union meeting of the semester on your calendar and plan to join your fellow faculty members on Friday, May 3rd, from 11-12:30 in room 410.

As always, feel free to contact us with any ideas, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,
SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

 

Campaign for mediation

At our April 5th meeting, members agreed to a campaign to encourage a mediated contract (vs arbitrated). Here are four documents that will help you support this goal.
Please read the documents over and feel free to use them. If you have any questions, please use the website form or contact the union president or vice president directly.

 

SFCC-AAUP March 2019 Updates

 

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: March 25

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back from Spring Break! Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of March 25th. In this week’s update:

  • Update: Last Best Offer Submitted to Administration
  • New: Upcoming Contract Action
  • Update: Evaluation/Observation of Adjunct Faculty
  • New: Presidential Search Update
  • New: SFCC-AAUP Website and Grant Award from National AAUP

The following issues were addressed at our all-faculty meeting held on Friday, March 15th.

Update: Last Best Offer Submitted to Administration

SFCC-AAUP has officially submitted its “Last Best Offer” to the SFCC Administration, and the administration has officially rejected our offer. This means that “impasse” has officially been triggered and the parties will return to mediation. The dates for mediation are being solidified and are likely to take place sometime during the month of April, if not very early May. We will keep you updated about potential dates as we learn more.

While we hope that our parties can come to further agreement at the bargaining table during mediation, we also recognize that should the administration choose not to budge, we have already made much progress together, “TA-ing” on several important articles. These mutually agreed upon, TA’ed articles are very unlikely to change even if we proceed to arbitration. Furthermore, no matter the administration’s attitude toward negotiating now, we have now—and will always have for the life of our union—a continual and equal voice in negotiating the impact of decisions made regarding our working conditions. Each contract will formally come up for negotiation in a cyclical way, meaning that in years to come, we will have regular opportunities to negotiate mandatory subjects, including compensation and other working conditions. Each time our parties return to the table, we will have the opportunity to build on and improve the existing contract.

New: Upcoming Contract Action—Working toward proper workload as well as equitable compensation

As we anticipate the upcoming mediation between our negotiations team and the administration’s, SFCC-AAUP will be organizing some actions to help educate our community and to encourage our governing board to show Santa Fe how it intends to enact the pro-union stance it’s maintained during past board meetings. Please be on the lookout for ways that you can participate in these important activities, and please let us know by replying to this email if you know of community members who might be willing to send a letter to our board in support of unions, in general, and our union in particular as we work toward basic manageable workloads as well as equitable compensation. The next Governing Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 5:30. Please join other union members in making public comments, asking that the Governing Board encourage the administration to approach mediation as an opportunity to embrace a collaborative approach to faculty’s working conditions.

Update: Evaluation/Observation of Adjunct Faculty

As many of you know, full-time faculty have been made aware of the administration’s plan to implement a new system of adjunct faculty evaluation/observation. Many full-time faculty already participate in the observation of adjuncts. Because this has never been systematized, though, nor is the process included in policy, the implementation of such observation has varied greatly from school to school. SFCC-AAUP contacted Vice President Margaret Peters, noting that because there was no procedure formerly outlined for adjunct observations, imposing one now would be a violation of status quo. We suggested, instead, that the issue be included in formal bargaining as a part of our current contract negotiations or that a special negotiation session be held outside of contract negotiations. We recently received a reply from V.P. Peters explaining that the administration expects full-time faculty to adhere to the new procedure and will not negotiate it. SFCC-AAUP maintains that this is a clear violation of status quo and of the right of the union to bargain the impact such decisions impose on our current working conditions. The members of SFCC-AAUP present at the March 15th meeting voted unanimously to authorize union leadership to continue demanding to bargain the impact of this decision.

New: Presidential Search Update

The union, along with other governance groups on campus, has formally objected to the candidacy of Raul Rodriquez based upon his fraught history, discovered only after his recommendation as a finalist. In a concerted email to governing board member Martha Romero, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and SFCC-AAUP explained our concerns and included links to many easily-accessible articles on Rodriquez. The Santa Fe New Mexican also ran an article on Rodriquez: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/faculty-raises-concerns-about-candidate-for-santa-fe-community-college/article_556076dd-1af1-5aa4-8069-94c0079e9576.html

While the article suggests that the opposition to Rodriguez only consists of a few “disgruntled faculty members,” SFCC-AAUP maintains that our college deserves a president that is completely scandal-free, and we embrace the remaining presidential candidates who have no such negative record.

Finally, SFCC-AAUP thanks Faculty Senate for allowing our leadership to participate in the small-group conversations held between the presidential candidates and the college’s governance groups. Although the administration included the union in the formal representation on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, it did not include us in the small-group meetings. We are grateful to Faculty Senate for giving us a voice in this important process.

New: SFCC-AAUP Website, Grant Award from National AAUP, and AAUP Summer Institute

SFCC-AAUP’s website is up and running a newly updated! Feel free to check it out: https://aaupsfcc.wordpress.com/. Also, we are happy to announce that we have received a $525 grant from our national office. Finally, if you might be interested in attending the AAUP Summer Institute, consider applying for professional development funding. Here is a link to the Summer Institute website: https://www.aaup.org/event/2019-aaupaaup-cbc-summer-institute

As always, feel free to contact us with any ideas, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,
SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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Report Finds Partisan Ideology and Political Ambition Motivated Changes at Maricopa Community Colleges

https://www.aaup.org/news/report-finds-partisan-ideology-and-political-ambition-motivated-changes-maricopa-community#.XIHMTaRlCEc

Report Examines Changes to Governance System at Maricopa Community Colleges

https://academeblog.org/2019/03/07/report-examines-changes-to-governance-system-at-maricopa-community-colleges/

SFCC-AAUP February 2019 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: February 28, 2019 at 5:00:28 PM MST
Subject: AAUP Update: February 28

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your AAUP update for the week of February 28th. In this week’s update:

·         Update: SFCC-AAUP and Administration Officially at Impasse

·         Update: PPC Hearings Scheduled for March 4th and 6th Cancelled

·         New: Questions for Presidential Candidates

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Update: SFCC-AAUP and Administration Officially at Impasse

In order to allow for continued bargaining, SFCC-AAUP has agreed to declare we are officially at impasse with the administration and to drop the Prohibited Practice Complaint (PPC) filed for “bad faith bargaining.” In turn, the administration has agreed to drop the PPC counter-filed against SFCC-AAUP. Although the declaration of impasse might seem antithetical to further negotiations, it actually obliges the administration to return to the bargaining table in a mediated setting. We hope that this will provide another opportunity for our parties to come closer toward agreement with each other on key issues rather than moving directly toward arbitration.

Update: PPC Hearings Scheduled for March 4th and 6th Cancelled

Because the first PPC filed by SFCC-AAUP and the one counter-filed by SFCC administration have been dropped, the hearings scheduled for March 4th and 6th have been cancelled. The hearing for the second PPC filed by SFCC-AAUP (regarding compensation issues) has been postponed so that the parties may fully focus on negotiating at the table. We will keep you updated on the status of the second PPC as information becomes available.

Please note, a regular Labor Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th at 9:00 in the Governing Board Room. The agenda is available here: https://www.sfcc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SFCC-Labor-Board-Agenda_Final-JFK_3.6.19.pdf

New: Questions for Presidential Candidate Forums

As we have now all heard, the five presidential finalists have been announced and will be visiting our campus in the coming weeks. SFCC-AAUP encourages faculty to attend as many of the below scheduled forums as possible, and we invite faculty to send along any questions—especially those related to union issues—you might like to pose to the candidates:

March 1, Jemez Rooms: Raul Rodriguez

March 4, Jemez Rooms: Kim E. Armstrong

March 7, Board Room: Kimberlee S. Messina

March 11, Jemez Rooms: Rebecca K. Rowley

March 12, Jemez Rooms: Rey Rivera

As always, feel free to contact us with any of your ideas, your questions, or your concerns.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: February 20, 2019 at 5:00:04 PM MST
Subject: Reminder: Union Meeting This Friday, February 22, 11-12:30 in Room 410

Dear Colleagues,

Please join your fellow faculty members for our monthly SFCC-AAUP meeting THIS Friday, February 22nd, in room 410 from 11:00-12:30.

The agenda for our meeting is as follows:

·         Approval of Agenda

·         Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

·         Reminder: Celebration for John Le Doux this Friday from 3-6 pm

·         Discussion: Faculty Experience with Independent Studies

·         Labor Board Update

·         Planning for Governing Board Meeting on Monday, Feb. 25th

·         Planning for Governing Board Election

·         Bargaining Update: Understanding Arbitration

·         New Business

We look forward to seeing you there!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: February 14, 2019 at 5:00:27 PM MST
Subject: AAUP Update: February 14

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of February 11th, 2019. In this week’s update:

  • New: Summary of the February 6th Labor Board Meeting; Upcoming PPC Hearing on March 4 & 6
  • New: Invitation to Celebration of Colleague John Le Doux
  • Reminder: Next SFCC-AAUP Meeting, Friday, February 22nd, 11-12:30

Summary of the February 6th Labor Board Meeting

On Friday, February 6th, SFCC’s Local Labor Relations Board met in the President’s Conference room with the purpose of scheduling a hearing date for the Prohibited Practices Complaints (PPCs) filed by SFCC-AAUP and one counter-filed by SFCC’s administration and to hear arguments pertaining to SFCC-AAUP’s request that the board excuse its regular counsel, John Kennedy, during the upcoming hearings.

Although SFCC-AAUP’s formal request to excuse the counsel chosen by the administration was denied, the outcome of the February 6th hearing was a positive one for our union; it granted us the substance of the formal “relief” we requested ensuring pour desired long-term outcome: legal counsel that does not give any impression of bias during the upcoming PPCs and a Labor Board that wants its own autonomy. In addition to this development, the Labor Board set the date for hearing the arguments for the PPCs filed—in the Governing Board Room, March 4, 9:00-5:00 and March 6 if additional time is needed. The details of the proceedings are as follows:

At the beginning of the meeting, Amy Jaeger’s appointment as interim counsel was renewed for the purpose of the upcoming deliberations regarding the Board’s regular counsel. Then, the hearing date for the PPCs was set for March 4th, with the 6th reserved in the case that the hearing goes overtime. The Board subsequently heard arguments from both SFCC-AAUP’s attorney, James Montalbano, and the administration’s attorneys, Keith Mier and Mariposa Sivage, regarding SFCC-AAUP’s request that Kennedy be excused at the March hearing. After recognizing Kennedy’s professionalism throughout his time serving the Board and after emphasizing that no impropriety had yet been enacted, SFCC-AAUP recommended Kennedy’s removal due to the legal statute stating that such bodies must “give every appearance of fairness” so that there is no question of bias. Because Kennedy has been employed by firms that have worked exclusively on the side of management during labor disputes, including fighting against AAUP’s sister-union, the AFT, a potential for bias did seem present. The union also noted that bias could be present due to the Governing Board, a body representing the college’s administration, directly hiring Kennedy as the legal advisor without consulting the Labor Board, what should be a neutral and independent decision-making body. During the administration’s presentation, they emphasized the Governing Board’s right to hire legal counsel of its choice, noting that Kennedy serves only as an advisor to the board and does not have any actual decision-making powers. After some clarifying questions posed by the Board, the board members retired to closed session to deliberate.

The Board returned after an hour and approved a motion to deny the union’s request to excuse John Kennedy. However, they granted the union’s formally requested “relief” by immediately noting the importance of preventing the appearance of bias and stated that steps would be taken to prevent such possibility going forward. For one, although Kennedy will continue as main legal counsel for the Board through his contracted time, ending in March, Amy Jaeger will replace him during the closed sessions regarding the PPC hearing on March 4 and 6. Then, Marlene Schwalje, the chairperson of the Board, moved to present a MOU (Memorandum of Understating) to the Governing Board requesting that a process be created to allow the Labor Board to engage its own counsel rather that having its counsel appointed by the college’s Governing Board. This way, when Kennedy’s contract ends in March and a new attorney is contracted to represent the Labor Board, the Labor Board will essentially act as the independent body it is intended to be with regard to choosing its counsel.

We look forward to seeing as many of our fellow faculty members as possible at the upcoming PPC hearing, beginning on March 4th, 9:00-5:00 in the Governing Board Room, and we look forward to continuing to work with our Labor Board whose members continue to impress us with their fair and equitable approach.

New: Invitation to Celebration of Colleague John Le Doux, Friday, February 22, 3-6

Chair of the Foreign Languages Department, Carole Chavez Hunt, invites all faculty to a “Sweet and Savory Treat Party” at her home to honor our dear friend and colleague from the World Languages Department, John Le Doux, on Friday, February 22nd, from 3-6 pm. After many years at SFCC, John was diagnosed with ALS and is the process of retiring from teaching. Please bring along a treat to share and consider also bringing a donation for a gift for John and his family. Carole’s address is 19 A Dean’s Court, located just down the road from the college. We hope that we’ll see many, many colleagues there as we celebrate an amazing teacher, colleague, and friend.

Next SFCC-AAUP Meeting, Friday, February 22nd, 11-12:30 (location TBA)

Mark your calendars for our next all-faculty union meeting on Friday, February 22nd from 11-12:30 pm. Our meeting location will be announced next week.

As always, please feel free to send us your ideas, your questions, and your concerns.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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University of New Mexico Faculty Petition for Union Election

https://www.aaup.org/news/university-new-mexico-faculty-petition-union-election

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:00 PM
Subject: Labor Board Meeting and Spring Semester Meeting Schedule

Dear Colleagues,

The next Labor Board meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, January 18th, will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 9:00 in the President’s Conference Room. During this time, the PPCs (Prohibited Practice Complaints) filed by both SFCC-AAUP and the college’s administration will be addressed.

Also, please plan on joining your fellow faculty members at the following monthly union meetings this semester (locations TBA):

Friday, February 22th 11:00-12:30

Friday, March 15th 12:30-2:00

Friday, April 5th 11:00-12:30

Friday, May 3rd 11:00-12:30

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these gatherings!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP <info@email.actionnetwork.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 1:00 PM
Subject: AAUP Reminders: February 5

Hello, Colleagues.

We wanted to remind you that there is a Labor Board meeting this Wednesday, February 6th, in the President’s Conference Room from 9:00-12:00. Here is a link to the agenda:

https://www.sfcc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Labor-Board-Agenda_final_2.6.19.docx.pdf

As always, the presence of faculty at these meetings is welcomed and encouraged because it shows solidarity and strength. We know the meeting time may be during your scheduled classes, so feel free to come and go as necessary.

Additionally, please be on the lookout for and email with a link to the Job Assessment Tool (JAT) sent by a company called Evergreen Solutions. This is a compensation study survey that will be sent to all employees at the college and that will take you around 30 minutes to complete. The survey will only be available for a week. Because this independent group will be assessing our compensation in comparison to other similar colleges in the region and then adjusting the assessment for our cost of living, it’s important that we fill this out as carefully and completely as possible. After the survey has been completed, there will be a report generated that will make compensation recommendations for our college. This report is “open record,” and Evergreen Solutions has assured us that they can send us the same version that is shared with our executive-level administrators. Their estimated time-frame for finishing the report is April or May.

Here are a few things to remember as you take the survey:

* Hit “save” in the survey often and every time you leave your computer.

* The survey can be completed in several sittings, but you must save your work if you decide to leave the survey.

* In the survey, you will be asked to provide percentages of time spent on your job tasks. As 9-month faculty, you would fill this out as the total percentage spent on that task over your 9-month contract. If you work as an adjunct in the summer, you can reply to the email from Evergreen and request a second survey to fill out as an adjunct.

We would like to remind you that there are two more “focus groups” being held this week. During these, the representative from Evergreen Solutions asks specific questions about the nature of our work and our job classifications. This is a valuable opportunity to provide the company with qualitative input and we encourage all faculty to attend. Here are the times:

* Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:00 – 12:00 in the Board Room

* Thursday, February 7, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 in the Board Room

Thanks, everyone!

We hope your semester is off to a good start,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee