Central Michigan U Faculty Union Rejects Administration's "Final" Contract Offer

Ann McClure's picture
Monday, November 14, 2011

After the Central Michigan University administration made one last contract offer to the Faculty Association, the union rejected it.

CMU officials say they offered a contract that included all of fact finder Barry Goldman's recommendations, and also extended the faculty's MESSA health care insurance plan through June 30, instead of offering the university's Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan. The administration also offered to continue union membership for athletic coaches and College of Medicine faculty.

Faculty Association President Laura Frey said the contract is unacceptable. She maintains the contract offers "rollbacks," and the administration is "more interested in spending money on buildings and programs rather than investing in faculty and students."

Since Goldman released his non-binding report on Oct. 31, the administration and faculty met three times, including on Thursday and Friday. On July 14, both parties applied for a fact finder.

Read more »