Eastern Michigan University makes new offer to break deadlock in faculty union negotiations

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YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has made a new financial offer to its faculty union (EMU-AAUP) to break the bargaining impasse.

Under the new proposal, each full-time faculty member will receive a 2% increase in base salary each year for the next five years, plus an additional $3,600 Medicare conversion payment. . The payment would be added to their individual eight-month base salary for the academic year. This will result in total increases ranging from $4,800 to $7,200 (4-8%) depending on each faculty member’s current salary.

“This is a serious and impactful offer that balances the health care and salary needs of faculty with a total compensation package that is extremely competitive with our peers and among the best in Michigan,” said Rhonda Longworth, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs. . “This proposed investment in total compensation provides our faculty with a significant salary increase while addressing their transition to the University health care plans adopted by other bargaining units and campus administrators. We hope this will result in a quick response and a positive resolution to our negotiations.

“A key consideration behind all of our efforts in these negotiations is balancing the impact of what we do at the bargaining table with the impact of rising costs on our students.”

Under Public Law 152, the state of Michigan limits the amount a public university can pay for health care. The State of Michigan has set the maximum amounts a public employer can provide to a medical health plan, including payments for co-payments, deductibles, or payments to health savings accounts, flexible savings accounts or similar accounts used for health savings. This is driving the University’s efforts to align faculty healthcare packages with those of other employees on campus.

In its proposal, the University offered the union three health care options: Community Blue PPO (option 5), BCBS High Deductible PPO Plan with Health Savings Account (HSA), or Blue Care Network HMO (Healthy Blue Living). There are no changes to how or what the plans cover – the network of doctors and hospitals providing services, and the wide range of treatment and care, remain the same. The plans offered by the University, their costs and the premiums to be paid by faculty, which are similar to those of other bargaining units, are as follows:

A comparative table shows recent salary increases for professors at comparable universities.

Full updates and information on the faculty union negotiations, including a salary comparison chart and questions and answers, can be found on the University’s website. contract negotiation webpage.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Company; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. National publications regularly recognize UEM for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

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