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EMU regents finalize lecturers’ union contract

Josh Hakala

The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a new contract for full and part-time lecturers.

The contract was approved unanimously by the board at Thursday's meeting. The five-year contract includes yearly pay increases and provisions to limit unpaid work.

Walter Kraft is the vice president of communications for EMU. He says this contract was particularly difficult because it was the first time full and part-time lecturers were represented in the same contract.

“You know, negotiating contracts like this is never easy. Nobody gets everything they want. We’re pleased the teams were able to work in a collaborative way and find common ground, and they worked very diligently to do that.”

The regents also approved an 8.9% increase in financial aid and scholarship funding at the meeting.

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Taylor Bowie joined WEMU as a reporter in October 2023.
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