Our right to form a union is legally protected by the New Mexico Public Employees Bargaining Act. Before we can begin bargaining with the university, we must first have our union certified through the following process:
- Prepare petition
Our first step is to prepare a petition for submission to the UNM Labor Management Relations Board (LMRB),the local board allowed under New Mexico law to govern labor relations for employees of the university. We are required to provide evidence that at least 30% of the faculty desire to be represented by our union. A common method for gathering this evidence is to collect authorization cards from faculty.
- File petition
We will submit the petition and authorization cards to the LMRB. The university also receives a copy of the petition, but the authorization cards remain confidential and are only reported to the university in aggregate.
- University reviews petition
At this point, the university could decide to recognize our union voluntarily. We would then proceed directly to collective bargaining!
- LMRB reviews petition
If the university does not decide to recognize our union voluntarily, the petition will continue to the LMRB review process. Any questions raised are resolved by the LMRB, either by working with the pertinent parties or through a hearing process.
- Election scheduled
When the LMRB has finished reviewing the petition and all questions have been resolved, an election will be scheduled. Should a majority of voters vote yes, our union will be certified. At this point, we will initiate bargaining with the employer and enjoy the full protections that exist under New Mexico labor law.