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Tentative agreement reached in faculty negotiations

Sept. 10, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A tentative agreement has been reached between bargaining teams representing Western Michigan University and its faculty union, the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

The two sides had been negotiating terms of a new three-year contract since early June. The previous contract lapsed at midnight Friday, Sept. 5, leaving members of the faculty union working without a contract. Negotiations stopped over the weekend, but resumed Tuesday evening and an agreement was reached during that session.

The tentative agreement must next be approved by a vote of the AAUP campus membership, and that vote is expected to take place later this month. The contract then must be approved by the WMU Board of Trustees before it goes into effect. Union negotiators have said they will recommend passage to the AAUP membership, and WMU President John M. Dunn has committed to recommending the agreement to the trustees.

Terms of the agreement related to compensation include an across-the-board increase of 3 percent in each of the three years of the contract plus a research/scholarly/creative activities supplement each year that is based on median salary within faculty rank.

For updates and additional information, visit the negotiations Web site at wmich.edu/acb.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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