SFCC-AAUP April 2019 Updates


From: Santa Fe Community College AAUP
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2019 5:01 PM
Subject: AAUP Update: April 22

Dear Colleagues,

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

  • Update: Mediation Scheduled for May 8th, Community Support in Process
  • Update: Upcoming Contract Action at the Governing Board Meeting, Monday April 29th at 5:30
  • Update: Evaluation/Observation of Adjunct Faculty under Protest
  • New: Officer Nominations for Fall Election
  • Reminder: Union Meeting Friday, May 3rd, 11-12:30

Update: Mediation Scheduled and Community Support in Process

Mediation between SFCC-AAUP’s and the administration’s negotiations teams has now been scheduled for May 8th, and we continue to hope that our parties can come to further agreement at the bargaining table. In the meantime, our faculty has been reaching out to community members, encouraging them to contact our Governing Board in support of providing equitable compensation and fair workload for faculty at SFCC, and we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from these supporters. If you have not yet had a chance to reach out to our greater community and would like to, please contact us by replying to this email, and we would be happy to provide you with information and letter templates that you can easily send along. If you have already asked community members to write on our behalf, please let us know so that we can keep track of the number and names of our supporters!

Update: Upcoming Contract Action at the Governing Board Meeting, Monday April 29th at 5:30

The next Governing Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 29th at 5:30. Please join other union members and our community supporters in making public comments, asking that the Governing Board encourage the administration to approach mediation as an opportunity to embrace a collaborative “win-win” approach to facilitating equitable compensation and work working conditions on our campus.

Update: Participating in Adjunct Faculty Evaluations/Observations

The union continues to emphasize to the administration the need for a formally negotiated and systematized process of adjunct faculty evaluation/observation. However, because the administration expects full-time faculty to adhere to its own new and un-negotiated procedure, as we focus on our upcoming mediation, SFCC-AAUP asks faculty members who are directed to participate in such observations to contact the union immediately before you take any action. We have specific instructions from our national office about handling such requests. If you have any additional questions about this, please contact SFCC-AAUP.

New: Officer Nominations for Fall Election

As we begin to look toward summer, we are already also thinking about upcoming elections in the fall. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the three officer positions that will be elected for two-year terms ending in October, 2021: President, Treasurer, and Communications Director. During the regular fall meeting in September (date and location TBA), nominees will have the opportunity to briefly address the members. Each nominee must be a member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP. Nominations must be made by an eligible member in good standing of SFCC-AAUP and should be submitted to aaupsfcc@gmail.com. A list of candidates will be distributed to the members no later than one week prior to the election. Any member in good standing shall be eligible to vote. If there is only one nominee for a given office, that person shall be elected by acclamation. Voting shall be by secret ballot and ballots will be counted immediately following the voting. Please consider joining our leadership team!

Reminder: Union Meeting Friday, May 3rd, 11-12:30 in Room 410

Please put our final union meeting of the semester on your calendar and plan to join your fellow faculty members on Friday, May 3rd, from 11-12:30 in room 410.

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

SFCC-AAUP Executive Committee


Campaign for mediation

At our April 5th meeting, members agreed to a campaign to encourage a mediated contract (vs arbitrated). Here are four documents that will help you support this goal.
Please read the documents over and feel free to use them. If you have any questions, please use the website form or contact the union president or vice president directly.