Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approves collective bargaining agreement with full-time lecturers union

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the two-year, collective bargaining agreement between the University and the EMU Federation of Teachers Full-Time Lecturers Unit (EMUFT) during a special meeting this morning.

The agreement includes a 2.5 percent, across-the-board increase to base salary in each year. Health care premiums for similar coverage will be paid at the same rate as other bargained-for groups at the University.

In other action today, the Board:

• Approved the five-year employment agreement for head women’s gymnastics coach Sarah Shire Brown.

• Approved the University’s 2017-18 state capital outlay request. The Capital Outlay Request will once again specify Strong Hall, even though the planning authorization for the project was approved by the state in June.

Under Michigan rules for capital funding, the University must submit Strong Hall as the University's priority project until it receives approval for the construction phase, which will not happen before the state's November 1 deadline for 2017-2018 capital projects. The timing of the request reflects the necessary work to prepare bonds and secure funding, and does not reflect any problems with the project, which remains on track.

At the beginning of the meeting, Regents chair Mike Morris spoke on behalf of the board regarding the recent racist incidents at the University.

Further information about the meeting can be found on the Board of Regents website.

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.

September 30, 2016

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