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Full-Time & Temporary University Of New Mexico Faculty ‘Go Union’

Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019
by Hannah Colton/KUNM
Full-Time & Temporary University Of New Mexico Faculty ‘Go Union’

(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) - University of New Mexico Faculty have voted to Unionize, which means Labor Relations in the future will be negotiated through two separate Collective Bargaining Units.

The win for the United Academics of UNM (UA-UNM) comes after years of organizing by Faculty who say they want fair compensation and better working conditions.

Out of the 1,516 eligible Faculty, more than two-thirds turned out to vote across UNM campuses, in Albuquerque, Gallup, Taos, Los Alamos and Valencia County.

UNM Health Sciences Center faculty were excluded from the Bargaining Units. 

Part-Time or Temporary Faculty overwhelmingly approved the Union by 89%, with 259 voting yes out of 288 who cast ballots.

On the voter rolls negotiated earlier this year between the university and the Union, there were a total of 488 eligible voters for the Part-Time Unit.

Full-Time or Continuing Faculty were more split with 62% voting in favor.

Out of the 804 Full-Time Faculty who voted, 500 were in favor.

There were 1,028 Employees eligible to vote on the Full-Time Unit.

Union Members expect the New Mexico Labor Board to certify the results on October 25th.

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