by Pamela Young, Published July 05, 2011
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Eastern Michigan University and AFSCME Council 25 and Local 3866, representing 202 food service and maintenance workers, have reached tentative agreement on a new three-year contract effective
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014.
The contract calls for no pay increase during the first two years, and a 1-percent increase in the third year. In January 2012, the employees would transition their health care coverage to the health care plan adopted by other university employees and bargaining groups last year. That plan requires greater employee cost sharing. The employees will receive a one-time health care offset payment of $1,250 to their base salary in January 2012.
"I commend the leadership of the AFSCME bargaining team for its realistic view of the budgetary challenges facing higher education and organizations and businesses across Michigan," said David Trakul, director of employee relations and policy. "This was a difficult but collaborative process. We appreciate our food service and maintenance workers, and valued their input in this process."
The current agreement will remain in place until the tentative agreement has been ratified by the bargaining unit and approved by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. The bargaining unit expects to have a ratification vote in mid-July.