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Sept. 11, 2006
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Back to the classrooms, back to the negotiating table

Faculty union suspends strike, EMU agrees to re-open contract negotiations.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University today announced the AAUP-EMU faculty union suspended its strike and agreed to direct faculty to return to the classroom and reassume their professional responsibilities, effective at 7:30 am, Tuesday, Sept. 12. As the faculty returns to the classrooms, the University will re-open negotiations with the union at 7:30 am Tuesday.

“I am pleased that the faculty have agreed to return to the classroom so that the negotiation process may proceed,” said Karen Valvo, chair of the EMU Board of Regents.  “As we move forward with the negotiations, we must now jointly strive to maintain that delicate balance between the needs of our faculty and the need to keep a quality education affordable for our students and their families.”

EMU President Dr. John Fallon agreed.

“We are pleased the faculty will return to the classrooms and provide the quality education our students expect,” said Dr. John Fallon, EMU president. “We look forward to returning to the negotiating table and working diligently toward a new agreement.”

Under the agreement to return to the bargaining table:

  • The EMU AAUP has directed the faculty members to return to the classroom at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 12.
  • The University agrees to re-open the negotiations on the labor contract at 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 12.
  • The EMU AAUP agrees to suspend the strike for at least 24 hours. If an agreement is not reached within that period of time, both parties could agree to continue negotiations, contingent upon the union’s continued suspension of the strike.
  • The faculty will go back to work under the old contract.
  • To protect the students’ investment, the Board of Regents has insisted that the faculty be accountable for lost class time. The University has agreed to compensate the faculty if class time is made up.

“This is great news for our students who have been eagerly awaiting resumption of classes,” said Hartmut Höft, EMU chief negotiator and interim dean of arts and sciences. “I am pleased that my faculty colleagues are returning to the classroom to do what they love to do most—teach their students.”

ALL EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SHOULD REPORT TO THEIR SCHEDULED CLASSES BEGINNING TUESDAY MORNING. THEY SHOULD CHECK THE EMU WEB SITE: WWW.EMICH.EDU/STRIKEINFO FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

The University and the faculty union broke-off negotiations on September 5 after the union called for an illegal strike. The University has refused to negotiate with the union as long as they were engaged in an illegal strike. Approximately 50 percent of the classes have been without an instructor since September 6.

Related:
Download the agreement (PDF)
Strike information


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