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Sept. 17, 2005
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Eastern Michian University, lecturers' union near agreement

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University officials announced this morning that they are hopeful that they will reach an agreement with the Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers (EMU-FT) before the contract extension expires.

            “We have made significant progress. Both parties are in agreement on wages, health care and retirement,” said Rhonda Longworth, assistant vice president for academic human resources and a member of the bargaining unit. “We still have to clean up some specific contract language dealing with non-economic issues. Hopefully, we’ll accomplish this at our next session. Given that the contract expires Sunday at midnight, it is our expectation that we could get together before then to finalize the agreement.”

            Longworth said the administrative team was disappointed that the Union left the bargaining table when an agreement was close at hand. “The state mediator encouraged the Union to continue negotiations, but they chose to leave.”

            The union, established at EMU in 2001, represents approximately 130 lecturers who have full-time, temporary teaching appointments.

            The EMU-FT contract expired Aug. 31, 2005, but both sides agreed to an extension, that expires at midnight Sept. 18, 2005.

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 careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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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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