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Sept. 9, 2006
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EMU's final offer enhances competitive salaries for professors

Proposed 15% raise over next five years will keep EMU faculty salaries ahead of most Michigan universities.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University administration’s last and final offer made Tuesday evening to the faculty union would enhance current competitive salaries for professorial positions by 15 percent over the next five years.

“EMU’s proposed compensation package offers a three-percent salary increase over the next five academic years, beginning with fall semester 2006,” said Hartmut Höft, chief negotiator for EMU and interim dean of arts and sciences. “Our offer maintains and further strengthens EMU’s competitive salaries needed for attracting and retaining highly qualified faculty.”

The University’s offer increases the already above average salaries for professorial positions. According to the CUPA 2005-2006 Faculty Salary Survey, the EMU faculty already earns more each year on average than 11 of its Michigan peer universities.

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Current Michigan Peer Universities Average Faculty Salaries

Current Average EMU Faculty Salaries

Proposed  Average Salary Under EMU Offer*









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Source: CUPA 2005-06 Faculty Salary Survey. Note: EMU faculty salaries are based on 8-month contracts and do not include additional earnings. Most MI institutions included in the above averages have base contracts greater than 8 months. CUPA Surveys do not include Librarians and faculty on leave without pay. The three major research institutions were not included (UofM, MSU, & WSU).  Three comprehensive MI institutions did not participate in the CUPA survey, and therefore, are not included in the above averages (Western Michigan, Saginaw Valley State, & Lake Superior State University).

*Figures reflect proposed salary increase after 5 years under EMU’s 9/5/06 best and final offer to the EMU-AAUP.

“The University’s proposed salary increase is equal to or greater than the raises at eight of the public universities in Michigan, including the University of Michigan system, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan and Western Michigan,” Höft said. “I expect that suchconsistent raises keep EMU competitive for the next five years.”

The offer, however, was summarily rejected by the faculty union leadership--the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), without a vote of the faculty. The union has continued an illegal strike since Sept. 1 and disrupted the commencement of fall semester class sessions this week.

The AAUP represents 689 members. Their contract with the University expired at midnight, August 31.

EMU officials expressed a strong willingness to continue negotiations around the offer, provided the union call off its illegal strike and direct faculty to resume their professional responsibilities.

Related: EMU's contract offer to faculty

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