by Walter Kraft, Published August 17, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The current, two-year AAUP contract expires at midnight August 31. Classes at Eastern Michigan begin on Wednesday, September 5.
The contract provides for salary increases of 2 percent per year for each year of the contract, as well as changes to health care plans. The membership of the union is scheduled to vote on the contract September 5. The University's Board of Regents would then vote on the agreement at its regular meeting on September 18.
"I appreciate the outstanding effort of both bargaining teams for their hard work and collaboration in reaching this agreement," said Eastern Michigan University president Susan Martin. "Their work reflects our faculty's and administration's commitment to put students first and to ensure a great start to the new academic year.
"We are looking forward to an excellent fall semester and are excited to welcome students to our beautiful campus."
EMU Provost Kim Schatzel said, "We have worked hard to build a new sense of trust and partnership between faculty and administration. Successfully completing negotiations two weeks in advance of the contract expiration demonstrates the great level of respect and collaboration that was evident throughout the negotiations. Eastern's continuing growth and success is based on working together to identify solutions to the challenges facing all universities. I am proud of both negotiating teams for their focused effort to address these challenges in ways that allow our university to continue to provide a high quality educational experience for our students, and to provide a highly supportive environment to attract, retain and develop our outstanding faculty."
The agreement comes at a time of significant momentum on the Eastern campus. Current projections for fall indicate the largest, highest quality, and most diverse incoming class of freshmen students in several years.