UA-UNM and Administration Reach Agreement on Policies and Procedures to Keep Faculty Safe During COVID-19
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
United Academics of the University of New Mexico (UA-UNM) is happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the administration of the University New Mexico as it relates to COVID-19 and our safe return to work.
The details of the agreement and the joint message from UA-UNM and the administration are posted here on the UA-UNM website.
UA-UNM Member Leaders Form Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus
Friday, July 24, 2020
UA-UNM is happy to announce the creation of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus! Our first meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2020 at noon, Mountain time.
The UA-UNM BIPOC Caucus aims to organize and build power with faculty who identify as BIPOC and create advocacy with BIPOC faculty and the issues that concern and affect us. We strive to address quality of life issues, our working conditions, and to help with professional development.
If you are a faculty member who identifies as BIPOC and would like to join the caucus or get involved, please email us at email@example.com and we will add you to our outreach list. Our first meeting will be a conversation about concerns and priorities. We hope you can join us.
Take a Stand Against Racism at UNM
Monday, June 1, 2020
As a faculty union, United Academics of University of New Mexico (UA-UNM) are working to solidify improved protections for our personal and collective safety, while ensuring that our voices are heard. With this in mind, we want to hear from you and understand your thoughts as to how the University’s administration is handling and responding to hate crimes on campus. UA-UNM has launched a survey that will help inform the ongoing negotiations at the bargaining table for our first contract and help guide our union as we help build a safe and just workplace. Please take a moment to fill it out here.
URGENT: Continuous Hate Crimes on UNM Campus
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
It has come to our attention that hate crimes and ongoing threats are occurring on UNM-Main campus. Our colleague, an Africana Studies faculty member, was targeted with a death threat. We have since learned that more general threats of violence against Black people were sent to numerous campus offices including the UNM library, Africana Studies, and the Special Events Office. We know that at this time, there are more details that have not been released.
As a faculty union, we vehemently denounce these threats and call for UNM administration to communicate publicly what specific steps they are taking to assure the safety and security of those targeted by these acts of violence and how they will protect UNM faculty, students, and staff more broadly as they search to find the individual(s) responsible for these serious and violent threats.
As the Campus Violence Policy states, “The University of New Mexico is committed to providing an environment that is free from violence. Acts or threatened acts of violence will not be tolerated.” This policy was put in place in order to protect faculty in just these types of situations, yet the precise actions to be taken are not transparent. We call on the administration to strengthen and clarify the policies mentioned in the handbook during the interim, and to keep the UNM community informed about the investigation.
We stand in solidarity with faculty and students from both the Africana Studies Program and the broader Black community. We recognize the harm the threats of violence cause the entire community, and we expect the administration to take immediate action toward identifying who did this, ensuring they will not become a further threat.
Stephanie Ly, the President of American Federation of Teachers New Mexico stands strong with us as she said, “Racism and racist threats against educators have no place in an institution of learning, and these threats should be rejected by every member of the University of New Mexico community. Free exchanges of ideas must never be curtailed due to intimidation or hate-based threats. We call on the administration of the University to take all actions necessary to fully investigate this matter, hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions, and involve all appropriate federal agencies in investigating these racially-motivated incidents.”
As these types of threats become more prevalent across our communities, we are prepared to collaborate with the administration immediately, and in the longer term, through the collective bargaining process. We believe all of our faculty, students, alumni, and broader UNM community deserve to be safe. As a faculty union we are open to working with administration and our members in order to achieve clarity in this crisis.
UA-UNM Executive Council Unanimously Endorses Prison Divestment Petition to New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Thursday, April 16, 2020