Sept. 7, 2000

CONTACT: Pam Young or Ward Mullens,


YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University, today, filed a charge with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) against the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for unfair labor practices.

The action identifies three areas of concern. First, that the AAUP has violated its duty to bargain in good faith by insisting on bargaining to impasse over restrictions on the appointment of lecturers who are represented by the Eastern Michigan University Lecturers Organizing Committee and not by the AAUP; and by demanding minimum staffing levels by tenured and tenured-track faculty represented by the AAUP. Second, that the AAUP has engaged in a strike which is illegal pursuant to Section 2 of the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) and third, that the AAUP has taken a non-negotiable and fixed position on intellectual property.

"It is the University's desire to devote all of its energies to resolving this illegal strike in the most amicable and expeditious manner so that students can get back in the classroom, and the University can return to normal," said James Greene, attorney for Eastern Michigan University. "We believe that the AAUP's position impedes our ability to do this."

The AAUP, which represents 687 full-time faculty at Eastern Michigan University, walked away from the bargaining table Tuesday, Sept. 5 after their contract expired. Faculty have been on strike since Sept. 5, disrupting many classes.

"We are fully committed to the collective bargaining process and look forward to returning to the bargaining table to resolve the outstanding issues," said Ronald Collins, EMU's provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The University and the Union are expected to return to the table Sept. 8.