SFCC-AAUP September 2018 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:07 PM
Subject: Update: Labor Board Meeting at 10:00 Tomorrow

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Labor Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been moved from 9:00 to 10:00 and will meet in the Governing Board room. Due to recent developments in negotiations that have been noted in previous communications, this board meeting could be an important one, and we encourage everyone who is able to attend.

Thank you,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 5:15 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: September 24

 

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of September 24th, 2018. In this week’s update:

New: Summary of September 21st Regular Fall Meeting

Reminder: Joerg Hans-Tiede’s lecture “Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump”, Wednesday, October 3 at 11:30 in room 221

Reminder: Governing Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 and Labor Board Meeting, Friday September 28th at 9:00

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New: Summary of September 21st Regular Fall Meeting

Last Friday, September 21st, faculty members—along with our guest and attorney James Montalbano—gathered for SFCC-AAUP’s Fall Regular Meeting. After the approval of the agenda and the minutes, Liz Cervio and David Sicko were elected by acclamation to the positions of Vice President and Secretary, respectively. We would like to thank them both for their continued dedication to SFCC-AAUP and we look forward to having them both officially onboard the leadership team!

The announcement of their election was then followed by a reminder to members (and faculty members eligible to be in the bargaining unit) to become full-fledged members of SFCC-AAUP by paying both local and national dues. One of the easiest ways to do so is by visiting our new website, introduced at the meeting by David Sicko. It can be found at www.aaupsfcc.wordpress.com. Here, in addition to dues-paying information, you’ll find an archive of our communications.

The majority of the meeting that followed focused on negotiations updates (the detailed status of which you should have received an email about earlier this week). To summarize, though, at the last bargaining session, the administration gave its “last best offer,” indicating a desire to no longer negotiate. The administration has thus declared “impasse.” However, because negotiations seemed to be slowly progressing and our team was in the midst of submitting counter-proposals, our negotiations team does not agree that we are at “impasse.” SFCC-AAUP, along with our local legal counsel, firmly holds that impasse cannot be officially declared since our team is still interested in negotiating and because we have not reciprocated the college’s position by submitting a “Last Best Offer” (LBO). SFCC-AAUP’s team has now requested meditation with the administration’s team in order to avoid going to impasse, although the administration has suggested that they do not believe mediation will help the process proceed. SFCC-AAUP’s negotiation team emphasized that we strongly believe in continuing to seek mutuality and understanding between the respective parties. We will hold to this value even if the administration chooses not to attempt the same.

It was noted that we would like to avoid arbitration—the final step of the impasse process if, after mediation, we cannot move forward. At an arbitration, either the administration’s proposed full contract or ours will be chosen by the arbiter, thus preventing our members from actually choosing whether or not to ratify it. Still, Mr. Montalbano noted that an arbiter would look for “reasonable” proposals that most clearly resemble the status quo of working conditions at a community college in general as well as the current status quo working conditions of Santa Fe Community College. If a proposal seems unreasonable and departs drastically from the status quo, it would be unlikely for an arbiter to choose that contract.

The negotiations update was followed by a detailed question and answer session, during which time Mr. Montalbano emphasized that the challenges we are facing are all very typical for a first-time contract. Jerry ended the meeting by reminding us that our local attorneys have been representing unions for over 20 years and have a stellar reputation in the state of New Mexico. In addition, we’ve been guided by the expertise of Mike Mauer, our D.C. attorney and another well-respected expert in the field. Jerry reminded us that nothing in our contract or our experiences at the bargaining table seems unusual and expressed confidence in our contract as being representative of our faculty’s collective vision.

Reminder: Joerg Hans-Tiede’s lecture “Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump”, Wednesday, October 3rd at 11:30 in room 221

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 3rd from 11:30-12:30 in room 221 to attend a lecture by Joerg Hans-Tiede, the Associate Secretary for the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance of AAUP, entitled “Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump.”

Below is an abstract of the talk and a short bio of the speaker:

Today’s political climate has become increasingly inimical to academic freedom. Over the course of the last two years, the academic community has witnessed legislative and gubernatorial attacks on individual faculty members, course offerings, governing boards, the institution of tenure, and, generally, the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities. Websites such as Professor Watchlist are monitoring activities of faculty members and denouncing departures from what they view as acceptable. These activities have led to targeted harassment of faculty members. This presentation provides an overview of the concept of academic freedom, recent attacks on academic freedom, and how you can defend academic freedom.

Hans-Joerg Tiede is Senior Program Officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance at the American Association of University Professors. He is the editor of Policy Documents and Reports (the AAUP “Redbook”) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015) and author of University Reform: The Founding of the American Association of University Professors (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).

We look forward to seeing as many faculty members, students, and community members there as possible.

Reminder: Governing Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 and Labor Board Meeting, Friday September 28th at 9:00

Please join us at these important board meetings and make your voice heard!

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

Sincerely, SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Reminder of Fall Regular Meeting: THIS Friday, Sept. 21, 12:30 in room 214

 

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind you to attend SFCC-AAUP’s regular fall meeting, THIS Friday, September 21st, from 12:30-2:00 in room 214.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

·         Approval of the Agenda and Minutes

·         Election by Acclamation of Secretary and Vice President

·         Introduction of SFCC-AAUP Website

·         Membership and Dues Reminder

·         Negotiations Update

·         Question and Answer Session

As noted in the previous communication, our Negotiations Team will be sharing some important bargaining updates—information that we would like to share in-person with faculty before communicating through email—and so we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting, though, know that a written update will be sent out following the meeting.

See you on Friday!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Negotiations Team Bargaining Update: September 17

 

Negotiations Team Bargaining Update

September 17, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The following is a summary of the August 24th and 29th negotiations sessions:

August 24th

SFCC-AAUP and SFCC admin met on Friday at 5:05 pm for collective bargaining. This session was scheduled from 5 pm to 9 pm. SFCC submitted a counter package proposal with some language changes to the following articles:

Definitions

Negotiation Procedures

Responsibilities 16.2.5 (AAUP Outside Employment)

Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action

Leaves

Employment Contracts

Compensation

Duration

SFCC also submitted a letter to SFCC-AAUP accusing SFCC-AAUP of regressive bargaining and SFCC’s refusal to negotiate an article regarding Dues Deduction with fair share language. “Regressive bargaining” is a form of bad-faith negotiation characterized by unreasonable backward movement in the content of the CBA proposals. SFCC-AAUP provided SFCC the following articles electronically on August 22nd:

Dues Deduction

Academic Freedom

Academic Chairs

Program Head/Lead Faculty

Negotiation Procedures

Severability

SFCC-AAUP Rights

Faculty Vacancies and New Full-Time Positions

Job Descriptions

Definitions

Evaluation of Faculty

Outside Employment

Health Insurance

Educational Benefits

Health and Family Benefits

Outstanding Service

Holidays and Breaks

Complete Agreement

Leaves

Contracts

Personnel Files

Health and Safety

Only the above bolded articles indicate a language change in the package proposal from SFCC. Inquiry about the remaining articles to be addressed was made by SFCC-AAUP and SFCC advised there were not any changes to the other articles. In other words, they kept their same language from the previous proposal, thus pushing their language. SFCC-AAUP discussed with SFCC about not addressing many articles submitted electronically and SFCC advised since they had a package proposal, they were adhering to the bargaining process and their language was the same from the previous proposal.

The parties went into discussion about several articles. Several times during the discussion, SFCC made reference to the latest labor board meeting on August 10th and implied concern about SFCC-AAUP’s comments. The parties went into a 30 minute caucus at 5:53 pm.

SFCC-AAUP conducted a fact check with previous articles and determined the actions of SFCC-AAUP did not represent regressive bargaining. The session resumed and SFCC withdrew their letter realizing their error; however, they advised they would not bargain fair share union dues. (“Fair share” is a term that refers to dues bargaining unit members pay when they are not full union members. Because the benefits of CBAs cover all bargaining unit members, fair share dues refer to paying your “fair share” to receive the befit of the contract. Typically, fair share dues are a lesser amount than the amount a full dues paying member pays.) There was more discussion and one focal point was academic freedom. The parties agreed to TA on Health and Safety and resumed Caucus at 7:30 pm. The parties reconvened at 8:10 pm and future dates were discussed. The session ended at approximately 8:25 pm.

August 29th

SFCC-AAUP and SFCC admin met on Wednesday, at 5:00 pm for collective bargaining. This session was scheduled from 5 pm to 9 pm. SFCC-AAUP extended the commencement of the session as it printed a revised set of SFCC-AAUP proposals for SFCC. SFCC-AAUP provided the set of counter proposals. The session began at 5:25 pm and SFCC-AAUP advised it wanted to work at the table with SFCC on several articles which were close to agreement which were:

Severability

Management Rights

SFCC-AAUP Rights

Outside Employment

Holidays and Breaks

Evaluation of Faculty

Health and Benefits

Holidays and Benefits

Complete Agreement

SFCC supplied SFCC-AAUP with an information sheet regarding faculty and current salary steps. There was discussion on the drug and alcohol policy and SFCC requested a Caucus at 5:40 pm to address SFCC-AAUP counter proposals. During the Caucus SFCC kept extending the time to return from Caucus. SFCC’s chief negotiator notified SFCC-AAUP lead negotiator that they were having fundamental differences on some of the articles and he felt the caucus could be longer than anticipated. During the side-bar conversations, SFCC approached once again at 8:00 pm and advised it was doubtful SFCC’s counter proposals would be ready by 9 pm. A date of September 12th for the next negotiation was agreed upon and SFCC advised they would provide an electronic counter by the end of the week or early in the week of September 4thto 7th. The session ended at 8:10 pm.

Thank you,

SFCC-AAUP Negotiations Team

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Fall Regular Meeting Reminder and Officer Nominations

 

Dear Colleagues,

Our nominations process for the positions of Vice President and Secretary has closed, and we are pleased to announce that the following candidates have accepted:

Vice President: Liz Cervio

Secretary: David Sicko

Because each position has a single candidate, Liz and David will be elected by acclamation at the fall regular meeting: next Friday, September 21st, from 12:30-2:00 in room 214.

Our Negotiations Team will also be sharing some important bargaining updates on the 21st–information that we would like to share in-person with faculty before communicating through email–and so we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting, though, know that a written update will be sent out following the meeting.

Congratulations to David and Liz, and we look forward to seeing many of you next week!

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Reminder: Nominations Due Today for Secretary and Vice President

 

Dear Colleagues,
Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the two officer positions that will be elected this fall for two-year terms ending in October, 2020: Secretary and Vice President. During our regular fall meeting on Friday, September 21st, nominees will have the opportunity to briefly address the members. Each nominee must be a member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP, and nominations are due no later than today, September 10th. 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 members no later than one week prior to the election. Any member in good standing shall be eligible to vote. Voting shall be by secret ballot and ballots will be counted immediately following the voting. If there is only one nominee for a given office, that person shall be elected by acclamation.

Please consider joining our leadership team!

Thank you,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Subject: Special Reminder: Online Comment Form and Listening Sessions for Presidential Search

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the consultants for our upcoming presidential search have been on campus gathering information about what qualities our college community would like to see in potential candidates. If you were unable to attend the scheduled listening sessions—or if you have more detailed input that you’d like our consultants to have—please consider completing the online form provided by the Governing Board:

https://www.sfcc.edu/input/

Early next week, the consultants will begin drafting a hiring profile, incorporating our community’s feedback. We have learned that only a few comments have been submitted so far through the online form, and so we hope that many faculty members will take this opportunity to participate! Please consider submitting your thoughts as soon as possible.

Also, there are still several listening sessions scheduled for today:

·         Faculty Senate Session at 10:10 in room 221

·         Public Session 11:00-12:00 in the Governing Board Room

·         Public Session 1:00-2:00 in the Governing Board Room

Thanks, and happy Friday!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Date: Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Labor Day Picnic

Dear Colleagues,

See the below Labor Day invitation from the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council:

UNION AFFILIATES, WORKING FAMILIES, & FRIENDS

The NNM Central Labor Council, along with the NM Federation of Labor, Somos un Pueblo Unido, and the Democratic Party of Santa Fe County, will sponsor a Labor Day Picnic at Young Park, Taos St. (behind the Center for Progress at 1420 Cerrillos), Sept 3, 2-5 pm. Mayor Alan Webber will emcee, elected officials, political candidates and local grassroots organization leaders will speak –and the Union Town Criers will play.

Free BBQ, pinatas and games for the family! Please help us spread the word by forwarding the flyers and Facebook images attached here to your members and supporters. Help make Labor Day a proud day to celebrate working families of New Mexico!   THANK YOU