SFCC-AAUP July 2018 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2018 9:12 PM
Subject: Contract Signing Update

 

Dear Colleagues,

As we head toward the beginning of a new academic year, we wanted to send an update regarding the 2018-19 contracts that we are being asked to sign before the semester begins. In our previous update, we explained that we were carefully reviewing the contracts with our legal team. It is clear now that, although we were assured by the administration that this year’s contract would be identical to last year’s, the new contract does contain some distinct changes. Because we are currently involved in active negotiations, all of the terms and conditions of our employment should default to “status quo”—the way that these have been in the previous year. We would like to believe that these changes—and the administration’s choice not to disclose them to us openly—is a mere oversight. Some of the changes may indeed prove to be inconsequential. However, for the sake of clarity and transparency, we will be contacting the administration this week, asking for clarification regarding the purpose of the new language. In the meantime, we suggest that faculty wait until we receive a response from the administration before signing contracts for the new academic year.

Wishing you all a happy end of July!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

**********

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:42 PM
Subject: AAUP Summer Update: July 14

 

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP summer update for the upcoming week of July 15, 2018. In this week’s update:

·         Update: Summary of Last Friday’s Labor Board Meeting

·         New: Request from HR to Sign Faculty Contracts

·         New: Information Request/Financial Analysis Assistance from National AAUP Office

·         Reminder: Faculty Happy Hour, Wednesday, July 18th at 5:00 at Tumbleroot

·         New: Tentative Convocation Week Meeting, Monday, August 13th, 1-2:30

___________________________________________________________________________

Update: Summary of Last Friday’s Labor Board Meeting

Last Friday, the Local Labor Board convened for its monthly meeting. Public comments were made by two faculty members: Xubi Wilson, representing Faculty Senate, and Bethany Carson, representing SFCC-AAUP. Xubi spoke about the faculty’s continued desire to communicate more directly with administration regarding immediate issues unrelated to contract negotiations—a concern that was raised at the very first labor board meeting last November. Bethany read a statement requesting that the administration’s board representative and the agent of the board recuse themselves in order to reconstitute a more fairly representative board—a recommendation reiterated later in the meeting by SFCC-AAUP attorney, James Montalbano, who joined us for the day (CNM’s union president, Mark Love-Williamson also joined us in a show of solidarity between our faculty unions). The board made no reply to this request and took no action to recuse, leaving what should be a balanced, impartial board still heavily biased toward the administration.

Representatives from SFCC-AAUP’s Negotiations Team and the administration’s team then presented bargaining process updates. Again, the necessity of efficient and effective communication between the parties was the focus. While both teams noted that negotiations were moving forward, and while the board’s neutral member, Marlene Schwalje, stated that it seemed as if both parties were satisfied with the pace of negotiations, SFCC-AAUP again expressed concern over the administration’s seeming reluctance to “TA” articles efficiently. To date, still only four articles have been “TA’d,” an exceedingly small number, especially when the administration appears to keep pushing for a summer contract ratification. SFCC-AAUP emphasized, again, that a successful ratification vote for the contract would require two things: first, union members need contract language that represents ideals they can actually vote in favor of ratifying, and second, faculty require an inclusive process that invites robust participation from all our members, not just the negotiating teams and officers. For this reason, because most faculty are off-contract during the summer, SFCC-AAUP stated clearly that summer ratification is not acceptable. SFCC-AAUP also expressed concern over the administration’s continued reluctance to incorporate language suggested by SFCC-AAUP into contract articles. It raises a clear question for the union about whether the college is genuine in its stated interest in quick contract ratification.

Finally, the board scheduled a hearing for the two PPCs filed—one against the administration by the union and one against the union by the administration. The hearing is scheduled for August 10th, beginning at 9:00.

SFCC-AAUP remains deeply concerned that the outcome of these PPCs will be determined by a board unfairly biased toward the administration (an issue that has now been raised in two articles run in The Santa Fe New Mexican, the most recent of which can be found at the following link: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/santa-fe-community-college-s-interim-president-ready-for-long/article_c9c546f2-588e-52da-99d8-090642e2330a.html).

We remain hopeful that the labor board will act to resolve this inequity before the August 10thhearings. Local labor unions including AFSME and AFT—as well as other local political organizations—have received our press releases regarding this issue and have expressed interest in supporting us.

New: Request from HR to Sign Faculty Contracts

As we wrote in the brief update earlier this week, Human Resources has alerted faculty that new contracts are ready to be signed. We are still in the process of ensuring that status quo language has not been disrupted. Because there is no explicit deadline for signing these new contracts, we suggest union members wait a short time until we can assure ourselves that there are no issues with the new contract language. Again, if you are reviewing your contract, it should represent “status quo.” The college has assured us via email that the new contract’s language will be “exactly the same” as what appeared on our 2017-2018 contracts. As a formality, we have asked to verify that this is the case. We will follow up very shortly with an announcement when we are certain all is well.

New: Information Request/Financial Analysis Assistance from National AAUP Office

SFCC-AAUP is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Rudy Fichtenbaum, the President of national AAUP, as our new financial and information analyst. Rudy will be assisting us in analyzing the requests that we have made of the college for financial information, the costs of which will be paid for through the AAUP grant fund. We are honored to have such a seasoned and respected member of the larger AAUP organization on our team!

Reminder: Faculty Happy Hour, Wednesday, July 18th at 5:00 at Tumbleroot

It’s been an eventful summer and we would love to have the opportunity to sit and chat together. We would especially like to acknowledge and celebrate our dedicated Negotiations Team, who will be submitting a complete CBA to the administration tomorrow, right on schedule! These faculty members have worked diligently to incorporate your ideas and your feedback into a CBA from which we can continue to negotiate toward a strong first contract. Please join your fellow faculty members on Wednesday, July 18th at 5:00 at Tumbleroot, the newer brewery and distillery in the Rufina area. We look forward to an evening of celebration, good conversation, and exciting plan-making!

New: Tentative Convocation Week Meeting, Monday, August 13th, 1-2:30

As we begin to plan for a new semester, please tentatively mark your calendars for our first meeting of the fall during convocation week: Monday, August 13th, from 1-2:30, just after Faculty Senate, as usual. We will update you with the agenda later in the summer.

As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns by replying to this email.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

**********

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:24 PM
Subject: AAUP Special Update: July 11

 

Dear Colleagues,

Please be on the lookout for a comprehensive SFCC-AAUP update in the coming week, and please mark your calendars for our next casual, all-faculty gathering set for next Wednesday, July 18th at 5:00 pm at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery.

In the meantime, we wanted to take a moment to let you know (in case you hadn’t already seen through your work email) that Human Resources has alerted faculty that new contracts are ready to be signed. SFCC-AAUP’s Executive Committee and Negotiations Team–along with our legal team–will be reviewing the language of these contracts this week. As soon as we’re comfortable that the contract language is appropriate, we will let you all know. Please note, these contracts are preliminary to the actual negotiated contract that we are currently working on with SFCC’s administration and should reflect the “status quo” of our current working conditions and employment expectations.

We hope that we’ll see as many of your as possible at Tumbleroot next week, and we hope that you’re all enjoying your summers!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

**********

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2018 12:05 PM
Subject: AAUP Reminder: Labor Board Meeting TOMORROW, Friday July 6th

Dear Colleagues,

 

Please join your fellow faculty members at the Local Labor Board meeting TOMORROW, Friday, July 6th at 10:00 (note the time change) in the Governing Board Room. SFCC-AAUP will also be hosting a brief planning meeting immediately before the board meeting at 9:15 in room 221. As many of you know, this is an especially important meeting as the board will not only hear a bargaining update but will also decide how to proceed with PPCs filed by both the union and the administration.

We look forward to hearing the Labor Board’s response to our concerns and we encourage faculty to attend this important meeting.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee