Provisional Constitution

United Academics of the University of New Mexico (UA-UNM)

Provisional Constitution (from Election to First Contract)

 

I.  PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to provide a dynamic, democratic, member-run union that represents the diversity of our faculty, including campus, department, academic position, rank, gender, ability, and ethnicity.

We serve our students and the people of New Mexico through world-class teaching, research, scholarship, creative works, and public service. Our actions are guided by our minority/majority student population and our role as New Mexico’s Flagship Research One university. We recognize and protect economic, linguistic, ethnic, gender, ability, and cultural diversity.

We support the right of different faculty to adhere to their community-specific standards of research, scholarship, creative work, teaching, evaluation, and service. We recognize and protect the principles of equitable teaching loads and compensation, due process, and academic freedom for all faculty, including faculty rights to represent their interests to university, local, state, and federal officials. We advocate for faculty hiring, promotion, and evaluation policies and procedures that maximize diversity, equity, and inclusion and reduce the effects of institutionalized biases. We support a defined path to gain job security for all faculty.

 

II. MEMBERSHIP

a. Faculty with the following positions who have signed a UA-UNM membership card are voting members of unit 1:

 i.  Professor (assistant, associate, full); professor of practice; research professor (assistant, associate, full); lecturer I, II, and III; principal lecturer I, II, and III; senior lecturer I, II, III; research lecturer I, II, and III; instructor; and senior instructor.

b. Faculty with the following positions who have signed a UA-UNM membership card are voting members of unit 2:

i. Adjunct faculty, including temporary term and part-time term faculty

c. The above faculty are excluded from unit 1 and unit 2 while holding the following positions that require managing or supervising other faculty: provost, senior vice provost, associate vice provost, deputy provost, chancellor, dean, associate dean, assistant dean, department/division chair, and academic director. 

d. Also excluded from unit 1 and unit 2 are all visiting faculty, working retirees, and all faculty positions at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

III.  INTERIM EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (EC)

 a. PURPOSES

i. Approve a provisional constitution to govern UA-UNM until we are a chartered local with our own Constitution and Bylaws.

ii. Constitute the regular, strategic, decision-making body of UA-UNM.

iii. Work in solidarity with other New Mexico unions toward making changes to legislation in the interest of our members.

iv. Form a collective bargaining team in conjunction with UA-UNM staff.

v. Represent UA-UNM.

        1. Coordinate/organize activities and meetings with labor unions, student organizations, faculty governance bodies, community organizations, and the UNM administration.

vi. Form committees composed of UA-UNM voting members and staff, including but not limited to the committees described below:

        1. Organizing Committee – grows UA-UNM membership; monitors, develops, and implements a goal of recruiting ten percent or more of our faculty to the executive council that represents/reflects the diversity of our faculty (considerations: unit/rank/title, campus, gender, race, ethnicity, ability) while also developing and implementing plans to increase the general union membership.
        2. Survey Committee – periodically develops survey instruments to assist in refining our bargaining priorities as well as other ongoing priorities of the union; solicits feedback on survey instruments from subject experts on campus; compiles and analyzes the results of surveys.
        3. Bargaining Committee – creates bargaining work groups who will research and develop bargaining proposals (e.g., regarding job security, salary, benefits, and teaching load) in support of collective bargaining activities.
        4. Constitution and Bylaws Committee – researches and drafts constitution and bylaws that will govern UA-UNM
        5. Communications Committee –provides interviews and writes editorials; electronically communicates with members; creates materials; maintains and updates website; maintains and updates social media.
        6. Events Committee – organize social events (happy hours, picnic/pot-lucks, etc.); plan and implement events to support the work and activities of UA-UNM.
        7. Any other committees necessary to carry out our work.

 

b. BASIC MEETING PROTOCOLS

i. Meet at least once per month.

ii.  In light of fluctuations in the size of the EC during this transitional period, a minimum of 10 voting members at any regular EC meeting shall constitute a quorum and must be present to conduct business in the name of the EC.

 iii. Facilitator and queue keeper will work together to set the agenda based on previous meeting and input from UA-UNM faculty and staff.

iv.  Facilitator and queue keeper will also be responsible for prioritizing the voices of those who speak less over those who might feel privileged to dominate conversations.

v.  Previous meeting minutes (detailed and abridged) shall be circulated for inspection three days before the next meeting and for approval at the start of each meeting.

vi. At minimum, the agenda will include introductions, a vote to approve meeting minutes, committee reports, selection of new facilitator and queue keeper.

vii. Abridged meeting minutes will be made available to all voting members within 30 days of an EC meeting.

 

c. ELIGIBILITY FOR EC MEMBERSHIP

i. One must be a voting member of UA-UNM, committed to organizing, growing, and strengthening our union (i.e., through recruiting members on campus or serving on a working committee), and able to regularly attend EC meetings.

ii. An EC member is eligible to vote on EC business upon attendance at their third meeting.

IV.  DECISION-MAKING

a. EC DECISION-MAKING

i. The EC will follow a modified Martha’s Rules with the general goal of consensus.

        1. Approving and amending the Provisional Constitution, and decisions that are NOT time sensitive shall be made by consensus.
        2. Decisions that are time-sensitive shall be made by super-majority (2/3).

ii. Proposals will be submitted for a sense vote where initial support for a proposal is determined. If there is consensus at that time, then the proposal will be adopted without further discussion.

iii. There are three types of votes a voting member might use:

        1. Thumbs up – I support the proposal.
        2. Thumbs sideways – I can live with the proposal.
        3. Thumbs down – I cannot support the proposal.

iv. If there are “Thumbs Sideways” votes, then discussion will continue and a modified proposal may be adopted and put to another sense vote up to two more times.

v.  If there are 3 rounds of voting with no “Thumbs Down” votes, the proposal will be adopted (“Thumbs Sideways” votes then equates to “I can live with it”)

vi. No proposal can proceed with a thumbs down vote in the final round. If there are “Thumbs Down” votes still in place after 3 rounds of discussion (limited to 10-15 minutes total), then the proposal will be tabled and may be brought back in a revised form at a future meeting.

vii. A tabled proposal can only be presented in one more subsequent meeting with a three round sense vote discussion and can be treated as time sensitive. The person making the proposal must announce whether they want it to be treated as time sensitive (requiring supermajority by a third discussion) or if they want to continue to pursue consensus.

b. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP DECISION-MAKING

i.  Approval of tentative agreements, contracts, and Constitution and Bylaws shall be decided by a simple-majority of the members voting.