Eunice Jeffries, Chair, Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents:
This is indeed a good day for Eastern Michigan University students and our campus community. I congratulate and thank the bargaining teams from the faculty union and the administration for all the hard work, dedication and focus to reach a tentative agreement late last night after marathon bargaining over the weekend. Working through differences together makes for a stronger Eastern Michigan University. My fellow colleagues on the Board of Regents have tremendous respect for everyone involved and, most of all, are pleased that students can resume their full educational experience.
James Smith, President, Eastern Michigan University:
Credit goes to the bargaining teams from the faculty union and the administration who were determined to find solutions to highly complex issues on a number of fronts. Negotiations of this nature are never easy, and sometimes finding common ground is highly challenging. We're grateful to our faculty partners across the University. Most importantly is the resolution of this for our students. They want to be back to a full schedule of classes and we're pleased things can now return to a more normalized setting for them. I feel comfortable saying, on behalf of the faculty and the administration, our students are truly our highest priority.