YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University and the Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers (EMU-FT), representing nearly 90 full-time lecturers, have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract.
Central details of the agreement include:
• A 2.5 percent, across-the-board increase to base salary in each year. The minimum base salary was raised from the last contract to $34,000.
• Health care premiums for similar coverage will be paid at the same rate as other bargained-for groups at the University.
• Spouses and AEAs (Additional Eligible Adults) are no longer covered as a primary if they can obtain coverage through their own employer. There will be a one-time offset paid to those employees directly affected by this change, and whose spouse is 100 percent removed from EMU’s plan.
Rhonda Longworth, interim provost and executive vice president, said, “We have great respect and appreciation for our full-time lecturers and the work they do in the classroom on behalf of Eastern students. We look forward to continued positive collaboration with all of our full-time lecturers in the years ahead.”
The union will schedule a ratification vote on the contract this month. If the membership approves it, the University's Board of Regents would then vote on the agreement.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. More than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information, visit the University's website.