Eastern Michigan University faculty ratify new contract
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University faculty members have voted to ratify a new four-year labor agreement with the school.
The Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Teachers said Friday that 96% of its members voted in favor of the deal which would include salary increases and health care coverage more favorable health.
Dozens of faculty members began picketing Sept. 7 at the school, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Detroit.
The union and the school administration were divided on salary increases and how much faculty members should pay for health care. Union leaders had argued that the school’s health care proposal would have imposed thousands of dollars in additional costs on its members.
Striking faculty members returned to their classrooms on September 12, after an agreement was reached with the university to end the strike.
The new contract would cover more than 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty and include base salary increases of $4,000 or 4% in the first year of the agreement, whichever is greater, as well as salary increases of 3.25% in the second and third years. , says the union.
Faculty would also receive the same healthcare options as administrators and other on-campus groups, with healthcare bonuses based on an 80/20 cost-sharing model.
“Our goal was to bring back an agreement to address the concerns we heard about supporting our students, fair compensation, and creating a foundation for continued quality education at EMU,” said Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and literature and president of the teachers’ union. negotiation team.
The university’s board of trustees still needs to review and vote on the deal before it’s finalized. This is expected to happen “in the near future,” the school said Friday evening in a statement.
“Contract negotiations of this nature are complex and difficult,” the school said. “The administration is pleased with the terms of the tentative agreement and is very supportive of the university’s outstanding faculty and their work in the classroom to support our students. »
Over 15,000 students are enrolled at the school’s Ypsilanti campus.
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