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.

Susan Moeller
EMU-AAUP President

December 9, 2012

EMU-AAUP bus to Lansing Tuesday @9am from the Convocation Center

Dear Faculty,

With a heavy heart I am sorry to report but it appears that Michigan is about to become a right to work State.  We need your help on Tuesday and in the future as we become organized to fight this new legislation.  As of yet we are not completely sure what is going to happen.

I realize that this is a last minute request but there will be a union rally in Lansing all day Tuesday organized by the Michigan Labor Table that the MIAAUP is a part.  We will be protesting the new "Right to Work" legislation as we believe it will be signed into law on Tuesday by the Governor.  Synder needs to hear lots of voices protesting this new law.

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