The Western Michigan University Teachers` Union says contract negotiations with the school have reached an impasse. At a rally Wednesday morning, members and supporters of the American Association of University Professors demanded a higher bid. Now, in the final weeks of the negotiations, it has become clear that the idea of fair compensation from the UMM is far from acceptable. Despite the salary sacrifices the faculty has made over the past year – including a temporary salary cut and a waiver of a raise – the UMM continues to move forward with a low-ball offer. At this critical time, we need you and your colleagues, family, friends and allies to support our negotiating team and demonstrate your determination to reach a fair agreement. Western Michigan and WMU-AAUP subsequently reached a preliminary agreement on a five-year contract. UMM-AAUP members ratified the agreement in a vote in September. 15, according to a document on the agenda of the WMU Board of Directors for its next meeting on Friday, September 17. On Friday, September 17, the UMM Board of Directors will hold a meeting and review a preliminary agreement on the four-year contract for professional instructor organizations, a two-year contract for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), and the five-year contract for the American Association of University Professors.
“Even if we don`t get the contract we want, we have momentum now and we will maintain that momentum for the next two years.” KALAMAZOO, MI – Students are in their third week of school at Western Michigan University, but the employment contracts of some of the school`s employees remain unresolved. Part-time professors at Western Michigan University are unlikely to receive a significant increase in their next contract. But since negotiations may have been concluded as early as Friday, the Professional Instructors` Organization says it has made a profit. In 2021-2022, a one-time payment of $1,000 will be made. $650 in the second year and $350 in the third year. The new contract, if approved by the WMU Board of Directors, will remain in effect until September 4, 2026. After months of negotiations, Western Michigan University`s part-time faculty union has reached an agreement on its next contract, though members have yet to ratify it. The Western and UMM-AAUP negotiating teams reached a provisional agreement this month on a five-year contract, ratified by members of the work organization on 15 September. The contract would be in effect until September 4, 2026 with the approval of the Board of Directors. The contract for WMU AFSCME Local 1668 expired on Aug. 12, according to Sutton. The AFSCME had a mediation session where everything in the contract was terminated, except for their salary.
The WMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors is in contract negotiation with administrators less than a week after classes begin on Wednesday, September 1. KALAMAZOO, MI — Professors at Western Michigan University are days away from their first day of classes with students, but are still negotiating a new employment contract with the university. LaBine says the union has won a few victories in the new contract. “Our colleagues at AFSCME are important members of our UMM team because they help us deliver a quality experience to our students,” the university said. “We found the negotiations respectful and productive, so we were able to come together on many issues, including health services. Just over 10 years ago, Western Michigan University unveiled its first four electric vehicle charging stations. In 2014, it had a total of 22 chargers, prompting a British publication to rank the university as the fourth “most electric vehicle-friendly” campus in the United States. But an investigation by WMUK found that Western has not tracked the maintenance of chargers and that those that remain are no longer reliable. This story has been updated with additional information about WMU`s contract with a private company called ChargePoint.
The PIO appeared to be moving closer to a deal a month ago, but LaBine said negotiations on base wages were stalled. The union did not get a base salary increase, but LaBine said the university had accepted bonuses for professors. In a statement, WMU spokeswoman Paula Davis said Western was “pleased to have a contract in principle.” At the end of August, negotiators from Western and the Professional Instructors Organization (PIO) reached a preliminary agreement on a four-year contract, which was later ratified by PIO members. The interim agreement with the union, which represents approximately 275 part-time trainers, will now be reviewed by the trustees. If the new treaty is approved by them on Friday, it will enter into force from August 28, 2021 to August 27, 2025. Part-time professors at Western Michigan University are protesting the failure of contract negotiations. A two-year contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union that represents stage workers for major productions in Western venues such as the Miller Auditorium, is also on the agenda. On 1 September, IATSE members ratified a provisional agreement reached in August by Western and trade union negotiators. If approved on Friday, the treaty would enter into force from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023. Contract negotiations between the UMM and the AAUP 2020-2023 will begin next summer. KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider approving contracts with three groups of employees when it meets on Friday, Sept.
17 at 1:.m .m p.m. Employment contracts with the WMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Professional Instructors Organization, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are presented to administrators when they meet for a formal meeting at the College of Aviation in Battle Creek. The meeting will also be broadcast live. Members of several unions gathered this morning at Western Michigan University to support the school`s part-time teachers as they seek to sign a contract. UMM`s 2017-2020 full-time faculty contract with the university expired on September 6, leading to a protest for higher salaries, joint governance, and improved COVID-19 safety protocols. “It wasn`t so much about the dollar amount as it was about getting something in our contract that we can build on in the future,” she added. Western Michigan University responded with a statement on the status of negotiations with the union. The agreement provides for a salary increase of 2% for each of the first three years of the contract. One-time payments are also made during each of the first three years of the contract.
LaBine said that while wage negotiations will resume in two years, the overall contract is for four years. .