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Feb. 14, 2007
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EMU fact-finding process continues with presentations

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University representatives made their presentation to a state-appointed fact finder Feb. 13 as the fact-finding process continues in an effort to reach a tentative agreement with the faculty union.

            “We are very confident that this process will result in finding a path that will lead us to an agreement,” said Donald Loppnow, provost and vice president for academic affairs at EMU.

            The EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) also made a presentation to the fact finder Feb. 13.

            Both sides sent exhibits, on which their respective Feb. 13 presentations were based, to the fact finder Feb. 1.

            “It is important to remind everyone that this process is not definitive, but a conflict resolution process,” Loppnow said. “Once we get the recommendation from the fact finder, we will go back to the bargaining table.”

            The first fact-finding session was Dec. 19 with the fact finder determining comparable institutions that will be used to provide comparison data. The major unresolved issues are related to wages, benefits, health care and contract duration.

            The presentation on compensation is available for download at http://www.emich.edu/aaup_negotiations/factfinding_compensation.pdf

            Further information about fact finding is available at http://www.emich.edu/aaup_negotiations/factfinding.php

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