Santa Fe Community College board approves contract with faculty union
On a 4-0 vote, the Santa Fe Community College Governing Board on Wednesday evening approved the school’s first contract with its nascent faculty union, whose members had approved the deal’s terms Monday.
The union’s president, Marci Eannarino, noted pay raises of up to 8 percent, the ability to donate sick leave to faculty colleagues, and a guaranteed 12-hour span between the end of one work shift and the start of another as examples of new and improved working conditions secured in the collective bargaining agreement.
After failing to reach a compromise during an October mediation, both sides presented final offers during mediation sessions May 8-9. If no deal had been reached, labor laws would have forced the college and the 54-member union into the hands of an arbiter.
Board member George Gamble was absent from Wednesday’s vote on the contract, which will run through June 2020.
Eannarino said there still is room for improvement in the way the school schedules the faculty’s workload.
“Our people currently work 45-65 hours a week,” Eannarino said. “And we need to work together to find ways to protect the flexibility necessary to accommodate emergent student needs and foster creativity in learning.”