SFCC-AAUP January 2019 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10:43 PM
Subject: Update: Friday’s Labor Board Meeting Cancelled

 

Dear Colleagues,

Friday’s Labor Board meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date sometime in the next two weeks. As soon as the date is set, we will inform you.

Thank you,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:15 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: January 16

 

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! Here is your AAUP update for the week of January 14th. In this week’s update:

·         New: Semester Initiatives and Goals/ Summary of Monday’s AAUP Faculty Meeting

·         Update: Negotiations, Mediation, related PPCs Filed by SFCC-AAUP and SFCC-Admin

·         Reminder: Labor Board Meeting THIS Friday, January 18th at 9:00

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New: Important Semester Initiatives

Membership

This Monday, twenty-nine faculty members attended SFCC-AAUP’s first meeting of the spring semester. Because of the two-hour delay, our full meeting time was cut short; however, during the time available, we were able to share some necessary updates and begin some important discussions. Vice President Liz Cervio began by extending a warm welcome to several new faculty members in attendance and reminded the whole group that union membership includes strong participation—as represented by the turnout at the meeting–and also committed dues-paying. Our new “Membership Committee” (Liz Cervio, Isabella Bornet, and Carole Chavez Hunt) will be casually visiting offices this semester to help answer any membership questions that faculty may have.

Union Participation in the Presidential Search

The meeting continued with an update on the presidential search. The feeling of optimism regarding our potential candidates brought up in Faculty Senate was echoed in our own meeting. We look forward to participating in upcoming presidential candidate forums etc. later this semester.

Fund Drive for Colleague

Led by Carole Chavez Hunt, we also began planning a way for the union to honor Professor of World Languages John LeDoux, who was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and who is in the process of formally stepping away from his full-time faculty position. There will be a separate communication in the coming weeks noting how faculty members can contribute to a fund-raising effort for John’s family.

Negotiations, Mediation, related PPCs Filed by SFCC-AAUP and SFCC-Admin

As was the case from the moment we unionized, SFCC-AAUP’s central goal remains securing a strong first Collective Bargaining Contract, the bedrock of any union. The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to an update on negotiations.

Mediation    

Jerry Trujillo, our Chief Negotiator, gave a brief summary of where the bargaining process stands. After roughly 10 months of negotiations, the administration declared unilateral “impasse” last fall semester, insisting that our parties were unable to create any movement on our issues of disagreement. SFCC-AAUP believed—and still believes—that we are not at impasse. Nonetheless, SFCC-AAUP agreed to participate in mediation on October 31st, November 1st, and November 14th. The administration’s perception is that these mediation sessions were part of the formal “impasse procedure,” while the union approached mediation as a way to continue to move the negotiations forward. The mediator, Dennis Teel from the Federal Mediation Services, agreed with the union that we were not at an actual impasse. During mediation, some important progress was made, and it seemed as if our parties were negotiating again. The administration amended their “last best offer” and extended it to us for a second time, but because the union felt too much of this offer was still not representative of the faculty’s needs, SFCC-AAUP declined to accept it. Once again, both parties engaged in negotiation and seemed to come closer and closer to an agreement—once again indicating that we were not at a true impasse. Suddenly, though, the administration declined further negotiation and reverted to their first “last best offer,” walking away from all progress made at the table.

Prohibited Practice Complaints

As a result of the administration’s actions during mediation, SFCC-AAUP had no choice but to file a PPC against the administration for “bad faith bargaining.” In addition, SFCC-AAUP filed another PPC for three separate pay issues: 1) the college is not following the “status quo” step-raise matrix for union members, 2) the college is not providing “status quo” pay increases to union members who have newly earned degrees, and 3) the college has refused to provide the same 3% pay increase to union members as is has to other employees. Because the administration opted not to give bargaining-unit members pay increases even after the union made it clear it had no legal objection to this increase, and because the Governing Board clearly approved money for pay increases last spring, the union’s legal team feels there is an argument for discriminatory behavior against union members on the part of the administration.

The administration responded to the PPCs recently by denying all allegations, and they “counter-filed” PPCs of their own, stating that SFCC-AAUP is attempting to “coerce” the college into avoiding arbitration. They’ve also revived the complaint that Marci was attempting to contravene the formal negotiating process because she contacted the president regarding alternatives to waiting until contract negotiations were complete to give the union members pay increases along with all other employees. Marci did not attempt to negotiate with President Cervantes; she merely let her know that the union had no objection to implementing 3% pay increases before the contract negotiations were officially completed. The college is perusing this complaint even after it was made clear that Marci was not actually negotiating the terms of an increase before the contract ratification. Instead, Marci’s primary concern was informing Dr. Cervantes that denying union members increases in this manner carried the potential to seriously harm relationships between the college and its faculty. SFCC-AAUP, as well as its legal team, maintains that discussion, lobbying for proper treatment of faculty, and communication between union and administration is not only healthy, it’s necessary, and it does not represent a breach of legal protocol.

Reminder: Labor Board Meeting THIS Friday, January 18th at 9:00

The PPCs filed by both SFCC-AAUP will be addressed at the next Labor Board Meeting, this Friday, January 18th, at 9:00 in the Governing Board Room. Please consider joining us for this important meeting.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, or concerns you may have! We’re looking forward to another semester of working toward positive change along with our fellow faculty members.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Commitee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2019 10:08 PM
Subject: Monday’s AAUP Meeting in Room 221 at 1:00

 

Hello, Colleagues.

This is just a brief reminder and room update for Monday’s SFCC AAUP meeting. We will meet from 1-2:30 in room 221.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

SFCC AAUP Executive Committee