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March 6, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Young
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Briefs to be filed with fact finder no later than March 16

YPSILANTI — Now that representatives of Eastern Michigan University and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have concluded their presentations in the fact-finding process, the next step will be for both parties to file post-hearing briefs with the fact finder no later than March 16.

After reviewing the briefs, the fact finder will issue a finding that will summarize his recommendations for how best to resolve each remaining issue in the collective bargaining agreement.  The primary topics to be addressed are compensation, health care benefits and employer retirement contributions.

The fact finder should render his recommendations by early April, according to Rhonda Longworth, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs.  Both sides will then go back to the negotiating table to finalize the agreement based on the fact finder’s report.

Once EMU’s brief is filed, it will be posted to the university’s negotiation web site at www.emich.edu/aaup_negotiations/factfinding.php.  The web site also contains the administration’s presentation materials from fact finding and Provost Don Loppnow’s letter regarding the University’s position on the fact-finding process.



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