Talks continue between EMU, faculty union
YPSILANTI -- Negotiators for Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) met throughout the evening Monday in an effort to resolve outstanding contract issues.
Talks are expected to resume later today. The contract between the University and its faculty union expires at midnight today.
“It’s clear that this dispute is not about quality education or fewer faculty – this is about money,” said Pamela Young, EMU spokesperson. “It’s disappointing that the union’s representatives continue to make unrealistic demands at the table. The union’s latest proposal would cost the University more than $7 million over the next two years. It is important to remember that our revenues come from state appropriations and from student tuition and fees. Without an increase in either of those sources, EMU does not have the funds to meet their demands.”
The AAUP has proposed an across-the-board increase of 3.75 percent in year one and 3.90 percent in year two; a salary differential pool of $125,000 in year one; $2,200 per credit hour for teaching continuing education courses (a 100 percent increase); and free REC/IM memberships.
EMU has proposed an across-the-board increase of 2.65 percent in year one and 2.35 percent in year two; a salary differential pool of $125,000 in year two; and an increase to $1,175 per continuing education credit hour in 2004-05 and to $1,200 per credit hour in 2005-06. 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 University remains committed to achieving a fair and equitable contract,” Young said. “Our freshmen class has moved in, and our classes begin tomorrow at 8 a.m.”
For more information, visit www.emich.edu/facultynegotiations.
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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