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EMU faculty union negotiator: "Didn't get everything we wanted" but made a lot of gains as strike ends

Halle Library on the Eastern Michigan University campus.
Josh Hakala
89.1 WEMU
Halle Library on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

The faculty strike at Eastern Michigan University is over. The EMU administration and the roughly 500 tenured and tenure-track faculty represented by the EMU American Association of University Professors have come to an agreement.

As of Monday morning, all Eastern students and professors are back in classrooms after a tentative contract was agreed upon late last night.

Details won’t be released until the membership begins voting on the contract in the coming days. What we do know is that it’s a four-year deal with raises taking place in years one through three, and salaries re-opening in year four.

Matt Kirkpatrick is the lead negotiator for the AAUP.

“I think we fought off the worst changes to health care, and those were hugely important. We didn’t get everything we wanted, obviously, and we made a lot of gains for our members. Our faculty as a whole, I think, will come out of this better than when they went in, and that’s what we were fighting for.”

The AAUP’s executive committeewill vote on the changes on Monday. Then, after the bargaining committee approves it, the contract is constructed and presented to union membership. They will then have seven days to review and vote on it.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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