EMU, faculty continue negotiation sessions
YPSILANTI -- Negotiators for Eastern Michigan University and its faculty union (EMU-AAUP, the American Association of University Professors) continued to meet throughout the day with James Amar, a state mediator appointed by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
“The latest EMU-AAUP proposal as of 4 p.m. Monday would cost the University more than $8 million. That’s simply not sustainable given the University budget conditions,” said Pam Young, EMU spokesperson.
The AAUP has proposed an across-the-board increase of 3.75 percent in year one and 3.9 percent in year two, plus a salary differential pool of $125,000 in year one. The University has offered 2.6 percent in year one, 2.35 percent in year two, and a $125,000 salary differential pool in the second year. The average across-the-board increase for faculty at other Michigan public universities this year is 2.45 percent. EMU’s six other bargaining units averaged 2.0 percent increases. The union is also seeking a retirement contribution of 10.5 percent of base pay in year one and 11 percent in year two; an increase in compensation for overload teaching; and paid health care for retirees and spouse.
EMU has agreed to maintain a choice of insurance plans and to continue paying 100 percent of the health insurance premium for the faculty member, his or her spouse or domestic partner, and children up to the age 19; has agreed to continue departmental practices providing faculty the first opportunity to volunteer to teach spring and summer classes for additional pay; and has agreed to a substantial increase in stipends for promotions in academic rank.
The University remains committed to achieving a fair and equitable contract so that classes will begin Sept. 1 as planned, Young added.
For a detailed summary of the EMU and AAUP proposals, view the attached chart. For further information and updates, see www.emich.edu/emu-aaup.
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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