SFCC-AAUP October 2018 Updates

From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 9:59 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: October 22

 

Dear Colleagues,

Here is your SFCC-AAUP update for the week of October 22nd, 2018. In this week’s update:

·         Update: Summary of October 12th Union Meeting

·         Update: SFCC-AAUP Prepares for Mediation with Administration

·         New: Labor Board Meeting THIS Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. in Governing Board Room

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Update: Summary of October 12th Union Meeting

On, Friday, October 12th, the union held its monthly meeting. Vice President Liz Cervio began with a membership update, noting that we will officially begin working towards the goal of enrolling as close to 100% of our unit as possible. If you happen to be a supporter of SFCC-AAUP but have not yet paid your dues, please consider joining us by contacting Treasurer Laura Rosenfeld in order to make payment arrangements: lauraerosenfeld@gmail.com.

The negotiations team then provided a bargaining update, focusing on the “impasse” that the administration has declared and explaining our next steps. As stated in the previous communication, SFCC-AAUP’s legal counsel and our national advisors do not believe that we are actually at impasse. Recognizing that the administration might lack a clear understanding of labor law as well as experience in such negotiations, our team has continued to attempt to bargain in good faith.

Other discussions included the need to re-examine “the matrix,” a document during the unit determination settlement in the summer of 2017. The union would like to know what is and is not working about the matrix as it is the document that should clearly outline the status quo of our job expectations, especially for chairs and directors. Because the matrix was mutually negotiated between the administration and the union, its interpretation and implementation must also be mutual. Knowing how the administration is interpreting the matrix is useful to us so that we as a union can work collaboratively with the administration through a shared—rather than a one-sided—interpretation of the document. If you need an electronic copy of the matrix, please feel free to request one by replying to this email. Also, please know that your feedback is essential to our understanding of the matrix’s efficacy. We hope that you’ll send along any pertinent thoughts on your experiences with it.

It was also noted that there seems to be a failure to give basic step raises as well as raises for new degrees earned to bargaining unit members. SFCC-AAUP has made an information request regarding this issue and was told we would receive the information last week. However, as of now, we have still not received the requested information. We will keep you updated on any developments.

Finally, as the election for our new Governing Board members may be moving to November of next year, it was noted that SFCC-AAUP can play an important role in finding strong candidates. Whether or not the election dates will change will be determined after Election Day this November, as there will be a question on the “Local Elections Act” regarding whether voters want cities, school boards, and other elected officials (like our Governing Board members) to share a November election date. Currently, our Governing Board election takes place in March. As a first step to preparing for this important election—whether in March or November—we would like to hear from faculty members about what qualities they would like to see in a future board member, and we’ll be contacting you soon about how to best provide your feedback on this important issue.

Update: SFCC-AAUP Prepares for Mediation with Administration

As noted several times now, SFCC-AAUP has not agreed and does not agree to the declaration of impasse made by the administration. We strongly believe that opportunities for collaborative movement still exist. However, SFCC-AAUP’s negotiation team intends to participate in mediation by attending two mediation sessions with the administration on October 31st and November 1st, facilitated by a professional mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The FMCS is a free federal service paid for by taxpayer dollars. Please join us in supporting our dedicated team as they continue to work in good faith toward a fairly bargained contract.

New: Labor Board Meeting THIS Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. in Governing Board Room

Please note that the next Labor Board meeting has been rescheduled and will be held this Wednesday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Governing Board Room. SFCC-AAUP and the administration will give updates on their process as they head toward mediation. We encourage any interested members to attend in support of our team.

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
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:00 AM
Subject: Reminder: AAUP Meeting THIS Friday, 11:30 in Room 214

 

Reminder: SFCC-AAUP Meeting This Friday, October 12th at 11:30 in room 214

SFCC-AAUP is at an important place in our overall bargaining process, and we welcome 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.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee

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From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Monday, October 8, 2018 5:15 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: October 8

 

Dear Colleagues,

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

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVhyGswSmhU

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.

Sincerely,

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee