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Feb. 20, 2007
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EMU team to discuss health care during next round of fact finding

YPSILANTI — Health care will be the main topic of discussion as Eastern Michigan University and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) continue the fact-finding process Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.

"Over the course of the next two sessions, both sides will make their presentations about health care, retirement, retroactivity and contract duration," said Rhonda Longworth, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs.

The main topics of the fact-finding sessions have been compensation, health care, duration of contract and retroactivity. Both sides presented compensation issues at an earlier hearing Feb. 13.

"The University has confidence in the fact-finding process and that the Fact Finder's recommendations will result in a path that leads to a final agreement," said Longworth.

Fact finding is a conflict resolution process. Both union and the administration representatives present data and analyses to support their bargaining positions. The state- appointed fact finder reviews the information offered from both sides and makes a recommendation for a potential settlement between the parties.

"We believe that the fact finder will expedite the process and we are committed to doing whatever we can following the hearings to progress to a tentative," Longworth said.

The University will be updating its Web page with its presentations after the Feb. 21 session. Additional and updated information about fact finding can be found on the Web at www.emich.edu/aaup_negotiations/factfinding.php.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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