WMU News

More competitive faculty salaries key part of preliminary agreement

July 7, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Officials from Western Michigan University and the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors revealed today key financial details of the recently announced tentative contract agreement.

The tentative accord calls for a 4 percent across-the-board increase in each of the contract's three years. Also, to bring WMU faculty salaries more in line with those of other research oriented universities, there will be increases of 2.5 percent in the first year and one-half percent in each of the remaining two years. Other salary adjustments include a merit increase of one-half percent in each of the first two years of the agreement and a one-half percent increase in the second year to help equalize the salary rates between newly-hired and long-term faculty members.

"I have said since coming to WMU, that we need to improve our faculty compensation if we are to compete with other research institutions, however we must do this in a way that maintains our position as one of America's best college buys," said WMU President Elson S. Floyd. "This new contract will accomplish those objectives and, in addition, it will recognize our faculty's contribution to meeting our research goals."

The agreement will be voted on by the union membership Sept. 7 and then, if ratified, sent to the WMU Board for its approval on Sept. 17.

"President Floyd has lived up to his promise to make improvements in compensation for faculty," said AAUP President Ariel Anderson of the tentative contract. "In addition, the administration has agreed to a number of improvements in faculty benefits that will promote a positive climate on campus."

Full details of the agreement will be released in September, pending positive action by the AAUP membership and the WMU Board of Trustees.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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