EMU, AAUP counsels to meet in preliminary hearing with fact finder today
YPSILANTI — Representatives for Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) are meeting today (Nov. 21), 3 p.m., to begin preliminary hearings for the fact-finding process agreed upon Sept. 13 after negotiations broke down over a new faculty contract.
Benjamin A. Kerner, an attorney and arbitrator from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), will meet with the parties at the EMU Foundation offices. Kerner was selected Oct. 21 from a panel of fact finders provided by MERC. Both parties agreed to the selection of Kerner.
During the prehearing conference, Kerner will review outstanding issues; set the sequence of proceedings; determine dates, times and place of the subsequent hearings, and the topics to be discussed. The prehearing is expected to last one day.
“We hope to get as much done as we can today,” said Hartmut Hoft, chief negotiator for the University. “Both sides have tentatively agreed upon all articles and associated appendices except for compensation, fringe benefits and retirement.”Following the hearings, the fact finder will render his opinion. Once those recommendations are made, both parties will resume negotiations.
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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