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Statement on AAUP contract negotiations from Kim Schatzel, EMU provost and vice president

To EMU faculty, staff and students:

On June 5, the negotiation teams representing professors at EMU and the administration will begin formal talks on a new contract. The present, two-year agreement between Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) expires on August 31, 2012.

Two things should be noted. First is the respect EMU administration holds for our faculty members, who so distinctly define Eastern through their excellent relationships with our students and for the care and work they put into research and teaching.

Secondly, negotiations such as this regularly take place at various universities around the country as collective bargaining agreements are set to expire. This is a reoccurring and yet admittedly rigorous process, one that the University plans to conduct with a high degree of mutual respect and transparency.

The negotiating teams will meet Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning June 5, until an agreement is reached. We plan to publish an update on the proceedings on this website each Wednesday, beginning June 6.

I want to emphasize my own personal appreciation for our faculty, a feeling that has continued to grow since I began here in January. This will be a highly collaborative process in which the two negotiating teams work hard to build a better future together for the University and for our students.

– Kim Schatzel, provost and vice president