SFCC-AAUP November 2018 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00 AM
Subject: AAUP Update: November 29

 

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of November 26th, 2018. In this week’s update:

·         Update: Summary of November 16th AAUP Meeting

·         New: Special Negotiations Meeting, Friday, December 7th at 10:00 (Room TBA)

·         New: Distribution List Update

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Update: Summary of November 16th AAUP Meeting

On Friday, November 16th, SFCC-AAUP held the third of three scheduled meetings for the semester.

After the approval of minutes and agenda items, a brief discussion of the recent Governing Board’s retreat was held. It was reported that, at the retreat, administrators presented various models for community colleges’ “staying alive” during periods of declining enrollment. The Governing Board emphasized the need for a “paradigm shift” toward a “student-centered model.” Discussion among union members ensued about this vision, and about the fact that no faculty members were invited to attend the retreat. Executive Team members, staff, and a student were, however, in attendance, participating actively in the conversation with the Governing Board. While several faculty members noted that there is much about student-centeredness that is obviously positive and proactive, we should be wary of an imposed vision that doesn’t take into account the time and energy that must go into implementing such a vision. Challenges related to requiring more high school students to enroll in college classes and asking faculty members to carry student advisee “case-loads” without adequate time compensation were brought up. The discussion ended by noting, again, that there could be much that is positive in the Board’s vision; however, the faculty must be included in making such plans. Otherwise, the Board’s enactment of plans of this breadth without full input from the academic side of the college speaks to the very reason that we have formed a union: so that faculty may have a voice of equal weight in decision-making that impacts student academic experience and faculty working conditions.

This was followed by an initial discussion about the upcoming elections for Governing Board members and what qualities we, as faculty, would like to see in new members. Some desirable characteristics that were noted included the following: teaching experience, community members who represent the larger community and not just educational entities, ability to listen and learn, those who define power through the empowerment of others rather than retaining control, those who are not trying to become politicians. In the spring semester, please be on the lookout for a survey inquiring about your own vision for our new Board members and join us during convocation to further discuss these important positions.

A brief bargaining update was also presented—brief because of the fluid nature of negotiations at this time. To date, there have been three all-day mediation sessions held between our team and the administration’s. And while the administration continues to insist that our parties are at impasse, SFCC-AAUP has maintained that we are not at all at impasse, especially now since the teams made some progress with the assistance of a federally trained mediator. At mediation, the mediator, too, agreed that we are not at impasse. SFCC-AAUP’s attorney also unequivocally maintains that we are not at impasse. Now that meditation has ended, we are waiting to hear back from the administration on our next scheduled negotiation dates. If the college does not reply with dates for further negotiation, it will be considered proof of bad faith bargaining.

We retain hope that the administration will change its course and decide to bargain in good faith. Otherwise, we may be impelled to file a PPC (Prohibited Practice Complaint) against the administration for refusing to bargain when we are not actually at impasse. As an aside, SFCC-AAUP may also be filing a separate PPC against the administration for failing to maintain status quo during negotiations by not implementing step-raises for bargaining unit members beneath step 10 on the salary matrix as well as not implementing salary increases for earned degrees.

New: Special Negotiation Meeting on Friday, December 7th at 10:00 (Room TBA)

As we look toward the future and the possible direction of negotiations based on these recent events, SFCC-AAUP would like to invite all union members to a specially scheduled meeting on Friday, December 7th at 10:00. This will be a chance for the faculty to discuss issues related to negotiations. Depending on how things are going at the negotiation table, discussion may include opportunity for the Negotiations Team to solicit direct voting feedback about contract priorities. Because time is of the essence here, this will be an action-based meeting. Any action culminating in a vote concerning contract priorities will be limited to union members—a customary practice in formal decision-making within unions. Union membership is defined in our union bylaws as dues-paying members, so make sure your dues are up to date if you wish to be a voting member at this meeting. We know that it’s a very busy time of the semester, but your voice is critical to our team’s success at the table—and to our union’s ability to craft a contract that represents your values and needs.

New: Distribution List Update

Help keep your colleagues informed about union happenings! As we approach the new year, SFCC-AAUP wants to make sure that everyone who would like to be a part of our communication loop is, indeed, included. If you know of any faculty member who is not receiving AAUP updates and who would like to, please email us with their work and personal email so that we may update our master distribution list before January.

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

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:54 AM
Subject: Reminder: AAUP Meeting THIS Friday, Nov. 16th at 12:30 in Room 214

 

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind you to attend SFCC-AAUP’s final meeting of the semester, THIS Friday, November 16th, from 12:30-2:00 in room 214.

The Negotiations Team and Executive Committee will be sharing updates on the bargaining and mediation process. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend.

See you on Friday!

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee