For Immediate Release, June 30, 2010 [pictures & video]
Central Michigan University and Union Reach Agreement on Bargaining Group Makeup
Adjunct Faculty and Supporters Will Hold Rally Today To Celebrate Agreement
MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH.—Following four months of negotiations, Central Michigan University and the American Federation of Teachers have agreed on which nontenure-track faculty members will be recognized as members of a potential new bargaining unit. The adjunct faculty and their supporters, who had planned a protest rally for today, will still hold a rally at 11 o’clock this morning near the library on the Mount Pleasant campus to celebrate the agreement.
Under the agreement, nontenure-track faculty who teach quarter time or more, with some exceptions, are eligible for representation.
“The process that resulted in this agreement took time, as the administration and the union gathered all of the information necessary to craft an agreement that both parties found acceptable,” said AFT Michigan President David Hecker. “What counts is that we were able to reach this agreement. We look forward to a successful election and to joining with the administration to further enhance this great university.”
CMU was notified in early March by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that nontenure-track faculty had filed for union certification.
“We are ecstatic about the opportunity to vote for union representation, and we look forward to a collaborative relationship with President Ross and the CMU administration,” said Mary Ann Freling, an adjunct professor who has worked for two decades in the English department.
Ray Christie, vice provost for academic administration, said: “Central Michigan University has a long-standing and well-established positive relationship with collective bargaining units, and values the dedication, contributions and commitment of our faculty and staff toward the success of our students.”
A unionization vote will be scheduled as the next step in the process. CMU will withdraw its request with MERC for a hearing on the matter.
Across Michigan, thousands of nontenure-track faculty have formed unions or are in the process of doing so, including faculty at the University of Michigan, Ferris State University, Henry Ford Community College, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University.
via Jon Curtiss, email@example.com. Organizer, AFT Michigan, AFL-CIO, (734) 358-7004