On Friday, we told the administration we are not interested in:
In the afternoon faculty members Tim Brewer and Cory Emal spoke to the negotiating teams on the importance of research and release time to do research. They did a great job showing how important sabbaticals and FRFs are to getting research done and helping to procure grants.
Howard presented information on how little EMU spends on research compared to our peer institutions. We are trying to get funding into the contract to support research.
Next we had a presentation on EPEO. We learned that it is no longer as time intensive as in the past to set up an online course.
That’s it – we have signed 39 tentative agreements, which is a record this early in negotiations! However, the problem is that EMU has been unwilling to discuss money for any of our proposals, as they appear to be waiting until the clerical contact has been settled. That is not going to happen as the clericals will probably be voting their contract down on July10th.
While we are ready to discuss comp and benefits the EMU, the administration is NOT ready.
Have a nice holiday and we will be back at the table on July 12th.
EMU-AAUP Chief Negotiator