By Andrew Cluley
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University administrators and the union representing the school's faculty hope to reach a new contract agreement by the end of the current semester.
The university and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors are expecting a recommendation from a state-appointed fact-finder early next month, and have already discussed possible dates for further negotiations.
EMU President John Fallon says the fact-finding process has been useful, but says the administration and faculty still need to do more to come together and move the university forward.
A-A-U-P officials say they would still like to see the university commit to whatever the fact-finder recommends. The University says it will not make that committment.
The faculty's old contract expired last August and the faculty went on strike for a week at the start of the fall semester before agreeing to fact-finding.