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Feb. 21, 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Fact finding sessions conclude; decision could come in early April

YPSILANTI — Representatives of Eastern Michigan University and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) concluded their presentations in the fact-finding process today.

"With the fact finder's assistance, the parties have already found some areas of agreement, and I am confident that the fact finder will help us find a path to a final agreement," said Rhonda Longworth, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs. "The next step is for both parties to file post-hearing briefs with the fact finder."

Longworth said that those briefs have to be filed no later than March 16.

"The fact finder said that we can expect his decision in early April," Longworth said.

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.

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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