Thursday, July 6, 2014: Bargaining Concluded
Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract. Details of the collective bargaining agreement will not be released until after the ratification process is concluded.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Update: Next bargaining session moved to Thursday
Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association have moved the next bargaining session to Thursday rather than Wednesday as originally announced. The move was made in order to accommodate the schedules of bargaining committee members.
Thursday's session follows 17 hours of discussions from Sunday morning until the wee hours Monday morning. CMU and the CMU Faculty Association have extended their existing collective bargaining agreement until July 15.
Monday, June 30, 2014 Update: Bargaining continues
Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association have extended their existing collective bargaining agreement until July 15, following a marathon bargaining session that lasted from 11 a.m. Sunday until about 4 a.m. today. The bargaining committees will resume negotiations on Wednesday. A number of significant issues have been finalized. Salary increases and health insurance contributions remain under discussion.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Update: Bargaining continues
The parties met for over 14 hours, resolved two additional issues and made significant progress on several other items. The issues have narrowed to the point where the parties are exchanging package proposals designed to resolve all remaining items. There is concern with how far apart the parties remain on core economic issues, but the committees appear committed to continue to narrow the gap and reach a tentative agreement in a timely fashion. The next bargaining session is set for Sunday, June 29.
Friday, June 13, 2014 Update: Bargaining continues
The Faculty Association (FA) and university bargaining committees met for a full day Thursday and significantly narrowed the conversation on a number of remaining language issues. Discussions continued on economic matters, with the FA presenting its initial proposal. Economics will continue to be a primary focus at the next session, Tuesday, June 17. Further closure of some remaining language issues is also expected Tuesday. This progress continues to indicate that a tentative agreement can be reached in a timely fashion.
Friday, June 6, 2014 Update: Bargaining continues
The parties met for most of the day on June 4, reaching agreement on additional articles and beginning discussions of economic interests. Outstanding items include a few language issues and several economic issues. The next session is scheduled for June 12. The parties remain hopeful that the ongoing progress will continue and a new agreement will be reached in a timely fashion.
Friday, May 30, 2014 Update: Bargaining progress continues
The Faculty Association and university bargaining committees held a full day of negotiations on Thursday, May 29. Their discussions continue to be productive and have resulted in the resolution of another set of contract articles.
The parties plan to explore options for the few remaining economic and language issues during their next meeting, Wednesday, June 4. Talks remain on track for reaching agreement in a timely fashion.
Friday, May 23, 2014 Update: Parties commence collective bargaining
The bargaining committees for the Faculty Association and the University met on May 22 for most of the day during which the parties exchanged proposals on a number of items. Many of the items were discussed in detail, and agreements were reached on several items. The remaining issues are narrowing. The parties will be meeting again next week, and it is hoped that the momentum continues towards reaching an agreement in a timely fashion.
Monday, April 7, 2014 Update: Representatives meet to discuss bargaining process
Representatives from Central Michigan University and the CMU Faculty Association met Friday, April 4 to discuss the process for reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.
The parties will engage in further preliminary communications during the next few weeks and agreed to meet weekly once final exams are complete. Meetings are scheduled through June 12 at this point. The representatives shared expectations for bargaining and expressed interest in ways to narrow issues and work toward arriving at a contract in a timely fashion.