Faculty at the University of New Mexico have agreed to their first union contract with the administration.
The school’s tentative deal with United Academics of the University of New Mexico, announced Wednesday, follows 16 months of negotiations. It includes “pay raises, job security protections and relief from an overly burdensome workload” for more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty, the union said in a news release. “I think we’ve shown we can have a constructive relationship with administration instead of just adversarial,” said Satya Witt, a biology lecturer and bargaining team member. “There is no question our faculty are now in a better position to serve our students.”
The union secured a 1.5 percent raise across the board, effective July 1. It is the UNM faculty’s first raise since 2019.
The deal also includes minimum salaries for each rank of full-time faculty — the first time such rates have been set.
Adjunct faculty will receive a 4 percent pay increase and additional perks.
They will learn by the end of one semester if they will be hired to teach a class the following semester — rather than getting last-minute notice of assignments — and will gain access to offices, email and library privileges between semesters. Under the deal, an adjunct faculty member who has worked at UNM for three years will be given yearlong appointments and will be guaranteed four courses per year.
Witt said union members will vote on the contract within the next three weeks.
Salaries will be negotiated each year, while most of the contract will last three years.