Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of October 8th, 2018. In this week’s update:
· Update: SFCC-AAUP Presence at September 26th Governing Board Meeting
· New: Summary of September 28th Labor Board Meeting
· Reminder: SFCC-AAUP Meeting This Friday, October 12th at 11:30 in room 214
Update: SFCC-AAUP Presence at September 26th Governing Board Meeting
On Wednesday, September 26th, SFCC-AAUP members, SFCC staff, and supporters from our greater Santa Fe community gathered before the monthly Governing Board meeting to encourage our college’s leaders to bargain fairly with our faculty union. Holding signs with the messages “Faculty Working Conditions = Student Learning Conditions,” “Good Faith Bargaining NOW,” and “Negotiations = Shared Solutions,” our group of more than 30 met SFCC administrators and board members as they entered the meeting. In addition, representing SFCC-AAUP, President Marci Eannarino read a statement during public comments urging the board to foster continued bargaining with the union and expressing our disappointment at the administration’s decision to end such negotiations. Several other faculty and community members also spoke in support of SFCC-AAUP, including former Santa Fe Mayor, David Coss who reminded the board of Santa Fe’s history as a progressive, pro-union town and implored the board to “be pro-union” as well. SFCC-AAUP is deeply grateful for the wonderful show of support we received at the meeting—from our members, the brave staff members who stood alongside us, and the many community members who joined us in this endeavor. Here is a link to the YouTube of the Governing Board meeting, just in case you were not able to attend:
New: Summary of September 28th Labor Board Meeting
On Friday, September 28th, the Local Labor Board convened for its monthly meeting. The meeting began with public comments. Faculty member Stephen Degiulio spoke of his deep disappointment in the college’s refusal to continue negotiations.
SFCC-AAUP and the administration then presented negotiation updates. The administration’s chief negotiator, Keith Mier, began by explaining that SFCC-AAUP had been given the administration’s “Last Best Offer,” and that he was currently looking for an appropriate mediator who could work with both parties’ schedules in order to begin the impasse process. When the Board’s neutral representative, Marlene Schwalje, asked what the administration’s response was to the union’s asking to continue negotiations, Mr. Mier answered that SFCC-AAUP had been given their Last Best Offer and declined to answer further.
Marci then explained that while the administration had, indeed, submitted their Last Best Offer, SFCC-AAUP believes that there is still much opportunity for movement on the issues at hand and so does not believe that the parties are at impasse. She noted that it makes more sense to continue bargaining now so that the parties will have more mutually agreed upon language and more mutual investment in the contract before we take the decision out of the parties’ hands and place it into the sole hands of an arbitrator. The idea is that then, even if we were to go into the high stakes situation of arbitration, we would arbitrate only the essential things we are unable agree on. Marci additionally noted that SFCC-AAUP would rather use mediation to avoidimpasse altogether, rather than as a part of the impasse process. It was also noted that the administration’s Last Best Offer included addendums that SFCC-AAUP had not seen before—addendums that the negotiations team would have liked to have had the chance to discuss. SFCC-AAUP’s chief negotiator, Jerry Trujillo, echoed Marci’s explanations, noting that SFCC-AAUP continues to believe in and strive for collaborative bargaining. SFCC-AAUP negotiator Bruno Gagnon also expressed concern over the administration’s mention of “going to impasse” very early on in the bargaining process.
After raising a few clarifying questions regarding process and progress, Ms. Schwalje spoke to both parties. She began by emphasizing that the board has no authority to tell the negotiations teams what they must do; however, she believes that continuing the negotiations process would be unlikely to yield different results. Instead, she encouraged both parties to stop formal negotiations and actually converse about their perceived “philosophical differences” and their respective needs. She also encouraged the parties to consider if they had truly bargained to impasse.
The meeting concluded with the formal dismissal and closure of the two PPC’s that had been previously filed by both SFCC-AAUP and by the administration and the election of Justin Kaufman as the Vice Chair of the Board. The next meeting date is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 25th at 9:00.
Reminder: SFCC-AAUP Meeting This Friday, October 12th at 11:30 in room 214
As these respective board meetings show, SFCC-AAUP is at an important place in our overall bargaining process, and we welcome the faculty to discuss potential next steps with our teams. Please join your fellow faculty members at the SFCC-AAUP meeting this Friday, October 12th, at 11:30 in room 214.
As always, feel free to contact us with any of your ideas, your questions, or your concerns.
SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee