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