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Nov. 15 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU regents approve lecturer's union agreement

YPSILANTI - The EMU Board of Regents approved the collective bargaining agreement between Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Federation of Teachers (EMU-FT) at its regular  meeting today.

            The new agreement between EMU and the EMU-FT extends from Sept. 1, 2005 to April 10, 2010.

            The new agreement raises the minimum salary for lecturers to $27,500 and provides a 3.2-percent salary adjustment to the academic base salary in the first year and a 2-percent adjustment in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

            Full time lecturers will be provided with a standard health care plan at no cost or be allowed to “buy up” to a modified version of their current plan. The same items are covered under both plans, but the standard no-cost plan provides for increased cost sharing for prescription drugs, office visits and procedures.

            The University also agreed to increase TIAA-CREF contributions. Effective Sept. 1, 2005, EMU’s contribution increases to 9.5 percent of base salary, then increases to 10 percent of the base salary effective of Jan. 1, 2006.

            It is projected that the proposed agreement will increase the University’s fiscal year 2005-06 compensation costs by approximately $128,622, and 2006-07 by about $82,962.

The EMU-FT represents approximately 180 full-time lecturers.

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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