Michigan Employment Relations Commission appoints mediator
YPSILANTI -- The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) has appointed a mediator to meet with negotiating teams from Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP).
James Amar from MERC will meet with both sides Monday, Aug. 30, at a site in Ypsilanti in an effort to resolve outstanding contract issues. University officials made the request to MERC Thursday, Aug. 26.
“We’re pleased that both sides will be meeting with the mediator,” said Pamela Young, EMU spokesperson. “We’re hopeful both sides will soon reach a fair and equitable contract.”
EMU and AAUP bargaining teams have been meeting regularly throughout the summer. The union’s contract expires at midnight, Aug. 31.
Key issues remaining on the table include wages; health care for retirees and spouse to age 65; the filling of new faculty positions; and the administration of online courses.
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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