by Geoff Larcom, Published June 15, 2010
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers has been certified as the collective bargaining representative for the adjunct teaching instructors at EMU.
Ballots were counted today, and the union was approved by a majority of those voting. Thus, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission will certify the union as “exclusive bargaining representative” of the approximately 500 adjunct teaching instructors at Eastern, with negotiations set to begin this fall. Eastern and the union will each put together a team of people who will negotiate the initial contract.
The election’s results continue the tradition of Eastern Michigan’s strong and proud partnership with the EMUFT, the union that already represents its full-time lecturers.
The new bargaining unit would include all part-time instructional staff.. Those who are represented by the American Association of University Professors (tenure-track faculty union) and full-time lecturers will not be included in the new unit. Visiting professors, doctoral fellows and teaching assistants also would not be included in the new unit.
“Eastern Michigan highly values the important contribution our adjunct teaching instructors make to the education of our students,” Provost and Executive Vice President Jack Kay said. “We value the strong, collaborative working relationship that we have with our many unions on campus, including the EMU Federation of Teachers. We look forward to building on that tradition of collaboration in the upcoming negotiations.”