WMU News

Trustees to vote on AAUP agreement

Oct. 3, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will convene by phone in a special conference call meeting set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, to consider a recommendation to approve new provisions for an existing contract with the University's faculty union.

The wage, health care and retirement provisions were negotiated over the past summer and, if approved by the Board of Trustees, will go into effect for the final two years of a three-year contract with the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. That contract was negotiated in 2002 and at the time it was entered, both sides agreed to reopen talks on several issues this year for the final two years of the contract. A tentative agreement was announced Sept. 18. The AAUP ratified the terms in a membership vote held Oct. 1, with 52 percent of the 471 members voting to approve the agreement.

The conference call meeting will originate in the Connable Board Room of the Bernhard Center. Trustees will briefly go into an informal closed session before voting on the agreement.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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