EMU Regents approve faculty union contract
YPSILANTI – A collective bargaining agreement between Eastern Michigan University and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was approved by the EMU Board of Regents today at its regular meeting.
The new agreement between EMU and the AAUP's 631 members extends from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2006.
Full-time faculty members will receive a 3.25 percent salary adjustment in each year of the two-year contract. It’s projected that the agreement will increase the University’s fiscal year 2004-05 compensation costs by approximately $1.8 million, and 2005-06 by approximately $1.9 million for a total compensation increase of $3.7 million.
Salary adjustments for faculty promotions were increased: from instructor to assistant, $2,500 to $3,000; assistant to associate, $3,500 to $4,200; and associate to full professor, $4,500 to $5,400.
Faculty teaching continuing education courses will receive an increase of $100 per credit hour, increasing the pay from $1,100 to $1,200 per credit hour. This pay is in addition to a faculty member’s regular salary.
The agreement also provides a $1,000 increase to their base salary for faculty who enroll in the University’s PPO insurance program.
The agreement also creates several joint task forces to look at issues such as course evaluations, health care, technology transfer policies, the future of instructional delivery and salary differential.
Although not formally part of the agreement language, a letter from Interim President Craig Willis related to faculty staffing was included. The letter is a good faith effort that the University will do everything it can to fill 72 faculty positions for fall 2005.
“We are very glad that the administration and faculty could work this out with no disruption to the classroom,” said Pamela Young, director of university communications.
IN OTHER ACTION:
• The Board approved the University academic calendars for 2005-2009. Important dates to remember:
Sept. 3-5, 2005: Orientation and move-in
Dec. 18, 2005: Commencement
Feb.27- March 1, 2006: Winter recess (Spring Break)
April 30, 2006: Commencement
Sept. 2-4, 2006: Orientation and move-in
Dec. 17, 2006: Commencement
Feb. 26- March 4, 2007: Winter recess (Spring Break)
April 29, 2007: Commencement
Sept. 1-3, 2007: Orientation and move-in
Dec. 16, 2007: Commencement
Feb. 25-March 2, 2008: Winter recess (Spring Break)
April 27, 2008: Commencement
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2008: Orientation and move in
Dec. 14, 2008: Commencement
Feb. 23-March 1, 2009: Winter recess (Spring Break)
April 26, 2009: Commencement
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