The new law may result in faculty not being required to join a union and pay dues. Which may result in the Administration not being required to follow our contract and a weakened or non existent union. That means that the DIDs and DEDs no longer have to be followed. Tenure and promotion standards can become arbitrary. Health care benefits and wage increases may no longer be negotiated, but instead imposed on us or not given at all. No course equivalencies for workload – 12 hour loads. We do not even know if our new contract will be enforceable. We are hoping it will be until 2015 but it is unclear at this time.
The EMU-AAUP has ordered a bus to take interested faculty and others to Lansing on Tuesday. The rallying place in Lansing is the Lansing Center – a short walk to the Capitol. We are expecting 10,000 union workers and their friends and families, so I suggest you not drive unless you have organized a place to park ahead of time.
The rally will be an all day event with events taking place at the Capitol and at the Lansing Center. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. from the Convocation Center on Hewitt Avenue. We will have some food and drink on the bus, but the bus will be secure if you want to bring food. Also dress warmly – it will be cold on Tuesday also.
I hope you can join us in this fight as it is not going to be possible to overturn it with a referendum.
If you have any questions please let me know and also let me know if you want a seat on the bus.