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Nov. 30, 2004
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EMU regents approve several actions related to employee compensation

YPSILANTIThe Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved five actions related to employee compensation at its regular meeting Nov. 30.

            Three of the actions were memorandums of understanding (MOU) related to wage reopener negotiations with three different bargaining units. The fourth action relates to a change in the tuition waiver benefit plan for non-bargained for employees.

            The  regents approved the following:

• An MOU between EMU and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Technical, Office and Professional Local 1976 (professional and technical union). The MOU provides a 3 percent across-the-board wage increase for all bargaining unit employees on the active payroll as of June 30, 2004. The increase is retroactive to July 1, 2004.

• An MOU between EMU and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Technical, Office and Professional Local 1975 (clerical and secretarial union). The agreement provides for an additional one percent across-the-board wage increase for all bargaining unit employees on the active payroll as of June 30, 2004 and is retroactive to July 1, 2004.

The one percent wage increase is in addition to the two percent across-the-board increase previously implemented in September 2004.

• An MOU between EMU and Local 3866 Affiliated with Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO. The agreement provides for an additional one percent across-the-board wage increase for all bargaining unit employees on the active payroll as of June 30, 2004 and is retroactive to July 1, 2004.

The one percent wage increase is in addition to the two percent across-the-board increase previously implemented in September 2004.

The projected increases in net compensation costs, respectively, are $163,209, $88,004, and $76,229. These costs are in addition to the contractually mandated two percent minimum wage increase mandated in each contract.

The regents also approved a change to the tuition waiver benefit plan for non-bargained for employees which will allow one half undergraduate tuition for same-sex domestic partners.

“Historically, EMU has given non-bargained for employees the same benefits as those negotiated by employees represented by bargaining units,” said Ken McKanders, the University’s attorney. “The adoption of this change eliminates the discrepancy that presently exists between the non-bargained for employees and employees represented by bargaining units.”

The cost associated with this change is projected to be in the range of $2,000 per year for each same sex domestic partner.

In another related action, the board of regents approved a three percent merit pool for eligible non-bargained for employees. The projected increase in the University’s non-bargained for employees fiscal year 2004-2005 total compensation costs by $277,780, in addition to the previously budgeted two percent increase.

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.


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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