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March 16, 2004
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Eastern Michigan's regents approve contract for clerical union

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the collective bargaining agreement between the University and EMU members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW Local 1975), at its March 16 meeting. The contract is effective July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2007.

UAW 1975 represents approximately 330 clerical and secretarial employees. More than 85 percent of those voting approved the tentative agreement March 3.

"We feel very pleased with the results of the contract," said Jada Wester, chair, of UAW Local 1975.

"Both sides were very proactive in looking towards the future while working together in a respectful and business-like manner," said Donald Wood, director of employee relations.

The new contract includes a wage adjustment of a 2 percent across-the-board increase in each of four years; a one-time base wage adjustment of .5 percent to 2 percent in year three; and an additional one-time lump sum payment of 2 percent in year four.

Bargaining unit members hired effective July 1, 2005 will contribute a flat rate amount as a co-pay of health insurance premiums to help offset escalating health care costs. Also included are an agreement for determining and making other salary adjustments for employees in the bargaining unit.


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