EMU teachers reach tentative contract agreement and return to class

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(WXYZ) – Eastern Michigan University and its union members have reached a tentative agreement following disputes over wages and health care benefits in their previous contract.

This means that EMU professors will now return to class.

“We couldn’t have done this without all the support from students, community and union organizers,” the union tweeted late Sunday night.

The union’s Twitter confirmed that the strike between professors and the university was over.

It comes after a lawsuit and a strike between the union and the university as contract negotiations stalled.

Faculty and staff say they are unhappy with the university’s offer of a 15.2% salary increase over five years.

The university lawsuit was an attempt to force professors back to work.

The EMU also posted on social media saying “after marathon bargaining sessions between the administration and faculty union bargaining teams…teachers are returning to class and a full course schedule will take place.”

Eunice Jeffries, chair of the board of trustees at Eastern Michigan University, released the following statement regarding the tentative contract agreement:

“It is indeed a good day for the students of Eastern Michigan University and our campus community. I commend and thank the faculty union and administration bargaining teams for all the hard work, dedication and focus needed to reach an agreement in principle late last night after the marathon. Negotiating over the weekend. Working together on differences makes Eastern Michigan University stronger. My colleagues on the Board of administration have immense respect for everyone involved and, above all, are thrilled that students can resume their full educational experience.

James Smith, president of Eastern Michigan University, also released the following statement:

“Credit goes to the faculty union and administration bargaining teams who were determined to find solutions to very complex issues on many fronts. Negotiations of this nature are never easy, and it is sometimes very difficult to find common ground. grateful to our faculty partners across the University. Most important is solving this problem for our students. They want to return to a full lesson plan and we are happy that things can now return to a more normalized framework for them. I feel comfortable saying, on behalf of the faculty and administration, that our students are truly our highest priority.”

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