Tell President Stokes to Let Us Vote!

Today we learned that the University of New Mexico’s administration has filed legal objections to our petition for a fair and democratic election this semester. Rather than respect our decision to formalize our union, it has sought to undermine our efforts by hiring the notorious union-busting law firm Jackson Lewis—using money that would be better spent on fulfilling our academic mission and serving our students.

We ask you to join us in holding the university accountable for its actions. Please urge UNM President Garnett Stokes and UNM Board of Regents President Doug Brown to do the right thing and set a date for us to vote, by clicking here.

I support having a faculty union at UNM because the system as it stands clearly does not work. Over and over again, I’ve watched our hardworking representatives on the Faculty Senate present ideas, vote and then be simply ignored by upper administration. Every faculty member I’ve met in this campaign is committed to the long-term success of the university; we will make UNM stronger when we have a seat at the table to talk about the issues that affect us, our students, our staff colleagues and the communities we serve.

Please join me in pledging to vote yes today.

By taking action together we can ensure that our union will not be diminished by attempts to divide us, but will be strengthened by our common goal to safeguard our university for the public good, through collective bargaining.

In unity,
Kathryn Wichelns
Assistant Professor
English Department