UAW Local 1976 members at Eastern Michigan approve tentative contract
YPSILANTI - A tentative collective bargaining agreement between Eastern Michigan University and the UAW Local 1976 has been ratified by the union membership.
The union supported the tentative agreement that was reached with the university May 8, 2007. The vote by UAW Local 1976 members, which took place Wed., May 23, was 139 in favor of the contract with 74 opposed.
The contract will now be presented to the EMU Board of Regents for approval. The next regular board meeting is June 19.
“Both sides demonstrated their tremendous commitment by staying at the table and reaching a tentative agreement,” David Trakul, director, employee relations, said.
Highlights of the four-year contract include a $1,260 flat rate increase retroactive to July 1, 2006; a $1,406 flat rate increase effective July 1, 2007; a $1,563 flat rate increase effective July 1, 2008; and a 3-percent raise effective July 1, 2009. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2006.
The tentative agreement also includes new medical benefit language, which goes into effect January 1, 2008.
The union, which represents the professional/technical staff, has 395 members.
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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