On Friday, we told the administration we are not interested in:

  1. 1.Getting rid of the pay for faculty doing prior learning assessments. They want them done but don’t want to pay for it.
  2. 2.Getting rid of the classroom dissemination of faculty research in the departmental DEDs. That is what the administration wanted – they wanted it to count for instructional effectiveness.

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.

          Susan Moeller

EMU-AAUP Chief Negotiator

July 2, 2012

June 29, 2012

Day 7, June 29 10 to 4 p.m.

Well, we are still waiting for the administration to bring health care to the table. So far we have received no information on when that will happen. We are not meeting this week with the administration and we hope that when we return to the table on July 12th, the administration will be able to bring us a health care proposal.

June 27, 2012

June 26, 2012

DAY 6 – June 26, 2012, 10 – 4 p.m.

We discussed about 10 proposals yesterday.  Five from us and five from the administration. 

We discovered through our analysis this week that about $2 million was paid last year to faculty teaching overloads – regular ones and through EPEO and including grading stipends from EPEO.  We are working on how many faculty lines short we are at EMU. 

June 25, 2012

June 22, 2012

DAY 5 – June 22, 2012, 10 – 1 p.m.

We met with the administration for about three hours.  They brought four proposals.  They are: 

June 20, 2012

June 19, 2012

DAY 4 – June 19, 2012 1-4 p.m.

On Day 4 we started negotiations at 1pm; in the morning, we attended the rally supporting the clericals and the administration went to the a.m. sessions with the Board of Regents;