For Immediate Release

December 2, 2016


Santa Fe, NM– Full time faculty at Santa Fe Community College took the first steps toward forming a union on Friday by filing a petition with the New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB). Santa Fe Community College AAUP (SFCC-AAUP), an affiliate of the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP) collected signed authorization cards from full time faculty at the college who say they support coming together in a union.

We want to work together with the college to ensure the highest quality learning environment for our students and solidifying faculty’s voice as primary in matters that affect our workplace and our classrooms.” said Marci Eannarino, President of the SFCC-AAUP chapter, and a leader in the unionization effort.

SFCC-AAUP will consist of approximately 90 full time faculty members at the college in a collective bargaining unit. Key issues for the faculty include workload, shared governance, a fair evaluations and grievance process, and establishing clear processes at the college.

“We started this process by listening to our colleagues one-on-one about their work as faculty.  Over the last few months, we have heard from 100% of our faculty, and found that an overwhelming majority of our faculty support coming together in a union as a way to ensure a set of fair processes, and that honor the faculty’s perspective at our college’s decision-making table,” said Eannarino.

The state labor board will now begin reviewing the petition, and will schedule an election in the coming months. On next steps, Eannarino said “Now that we have filed cards, we look forward to scheduling a fair and transparent election, certifying our union and working together with SFCC’s board and administration on our first collective bargaining agreement.”

Howard Bunsis, Chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress (AAUP-CBC) stated, “Today, the faculty at Santa Fe Community College petitioned for an election for the AAUP to be the union to represent the faculty at Santa Fe Community College.  Working together as a union the hard working and dedicated faculty will have a greater voice in the process and a seat at the table to enhance how the students at Santa Fe are educated.  The faculty are completely invested in the success of the students, and they believe that negotiating collectively will ensure that the faculty voice is heard, with the result being a higher quality education for students who are working so hard to succeed.”

The American Association of University Professors is a national professional organization with nearly 100 years’ experience advocating for academic policies and standards. The AAUP’s Collective Bargaining Congress has member unions at over 80 colleges and universities nationwide.