Teachers’ federation, EMU agree on new 4-year deal

Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Federation of Teachers, which represents approximately 100 full-time lecturers, have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, according to a Dec. 26 release from the university.

The contract is for four years, and includes:

• 1.5 percent salary increase in the first year, beginning Jan. 1, 2013

• 2 percent increase in 2014

• 2 percent increase in 2015

• 1.75 percent increase in 2016

The contract also includes changes to health care plans, and a one-time base salary increase of $1,250 to help offset increased cost of the health care plans, according to the release.

“Mutual respect and an atmosphere of collaboration have been the driving factors in all of our recent labor negotiations,” EMU President Susan Martin said in the release. “This case was no different. I would like to acknowledge the important contribution our full-time lecturer faculty make to the educational experience of Eastern students.”

Sonya Alvarado, president of the EMU-FT, said in the release, “We are very pleased with the new contract and believe that it is a good and fair agreement for all parties. It was a pleasure working with EMU’s negotiation team. Their commitment to working with our team to create this contract should be applauded.”

EMU Provost Kim Schatzel said in the release, “I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of both bargaining teams in reaching this agreement. It reflects our determined efforts to work positively and constructively to address challenges facing all universities.”

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