June 20, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI - A collective bargaining agreement between Eastern Michigan University and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 1666, was approved by the Board of Regents at its regular meeting June 20.

The new agreement between EMU and AFSCME Local 1666 covers maintenance, food service and custodial employees, and extends from May 10, 2000, to June 30, 2002.

The agreement includes a three percent across-the-board wage increase for employees at Grade 20 and below and a 3.5 percent increase for employees at grades 21 and above for the first year of the contract. Those wage increases are 3.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively, during the second year of the contract and 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively, during the final year of the agreement.

Among the negotiated changes in the collective bargaining agreement are: establishment of a 45-day time limit for filling vacancies; establishment of a new procedure for selecting employees for temporary upgrades; clarification of the basis by which a four-day, 40-hour work week can be made available; establishment of eligibility requirements for overtime, based on attendance; and modification of existing "student employee" language to include a clause that students shall not displace or replace a bargaining unit employee.

The new agreement is expected to increase the University's maintenance, food service and custodial employees' fiscal year 1999-2000 total compensation costs by approximately $199,685 and by $508,875 and $406,864 in the contract's second and third years, respectively.