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Sept. 13, 2006: 4:30 p.m.
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Faculty union agrees to EMU's offer for fact finder

After a week delay and the loss of five class days, faculty union agrees to EMU's offer for external fact finder

YPSILANTI — The EMU-American Association of University Professors (AAUP) today accepted Eastern Michigan University's Sept. 6 invitation to apply for an impartial, external fact finder to expedite the contract negotiations process.

"We believe that the fact finder will conclude that the offer we have made is competitive with our peer universities," said John Fallon, President, Eastern Michigan University. "The offer represents the proper balance between the needs of our faculty and the necessity of keeping education affordable."

A fact finder would conduct a hearing on the outstanding issues and recommend potential areas of settlement to the parties.

Under the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act (MPERA), strikes by public employees are illegal. The University would not engage in negotiations until the faculty returned to the classrooms.

Fact finding is a method recommended under the MPERA as a dispute resolution process to assist Michigan public employers and employees in the collective bargaining process.

The University's last offer submitted to the AAUP would increase faculty salaries by 3 percent this year, 3.25 percent next year and 3.5 percent for 2008-09, retain current healthcare plan choices for faculty, and offer a new program requiring no premium contributions by faculty members. For details of that offer, read the earlier release.

All Eastern Michigan University students should report to classes as scheduled.

Related: Strike information

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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