CMU faculty declares job action

Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Aug. 22, 2011 -- The CMU Faculty Association will not be in their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 22, the first day of classes. The faculty agreed to a job action beginning 7 a.m. Monday morning. 

During the faculty’s Sunday night membership meeting, CMU students were gathered outside to show their support for faculty.

Faculty wanted to bargain on Sunday, but the university refused, stating that if their proposals were not accepted, there was no reason to meet.

“This take-it-or-leave-it attitude is what we’ve faced all along,” said Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President. We’ve filed unfair labor practice charges against the university citing their refusal to bargain in good faith. This is why the faculty is not where they really want to be—with their students.”

The two sides met with a mediator several times this week, but no settlement was reached. The previous contract expired June 30 and the university refused to grant an extension.

Frey said, “In the past, we have always been able to reach a settlement, but it seems that this new administration isn’t looking to work with faculty to settle a contract. Unfortunately, students end up being negatively impacted.”