United Graduate Workers of the University of New Mexico ratified a wage agreement with the University’s administration on Nov. 28. As previously reported, the agreement includes a 6% raise and a 6% increase of the minimum stipend a grad worker can be paid, along with standardization of contracts to 18 weeks for teaching assistants/associates, research assistants and graduate assistants. Graduate students affected by the agreement should expect to see a raise on their spring 2024 contracts, according to Dominic Oddo – UGW Bargaining Committee member and Chief Steward for the College of Arts and Sciences.
On Nov. 16, the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board and the Environmental Improvement Board adopted clean vehicles rules after a joint public hearing. The rules align New Mexico’s air quality emissions standards with those of other states and promotes the transition to zero-emission vehicles without an in-state rebate program available to purchasers of electric vehicles. The rules require manufacturers to ship an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles to New Mexico dealerships to have for sale starting in 2026.
United Graduate Workers of the University of New Mexico and the UNM Administration have developed a tentative agreement for compensation negotiations. If approved by the Union, raises would go into effect in January. The tentative agreement includes a 6% raise, a 6% increase of the minimum stipend a grad worker can be paid, along with standardization of contracts to 18 weeks for teaching assistants/associates, research assistants and graduate assistants, according to the Union’s website and union member Anna Rose. This allows all graduate students in teaching positions to have a week of paid prep-work for a 17-week semester.
The Albuquerque City Council approved two ordinances Nov. 8 to abolish the current Albuquerque-Bernalillo Air Quality Control Board and recreate it with substantial changes. The Boardu2019s purpose is to maintain air quality standards put forth by the Air Quality Control Act by adopting, amending or repealing regulations with City Council approval, the Ordinance sponsored by Councilor Dan Lewis, states.