The Chronicle of Higher Education posted the following news blurb late last evening:
Members of Central Michigan University’s Faculty Association have overwhelmingly voted to let their faculty representatives call a strike if deemed necessary in their negotiations with administrators over a new contract. At a meeting today, 97 percent of the attending members voted “to support any and all job actions necessary to cause the administration to bargain in good faith,” according to a statement issued by the union’s leadership.
Members of the union, which represents tenured and tenure-track faculty, have been without a contract since July 1, and negotiations broke down two weeks later. Among the sticking points are pay, health benefits, and the administration’s call to narrow the definition of which faculty members are covered by the collective-bargaining unit. A separate union representing contingent faculty members, the Union of Teaching Faculty at Central Michigan, reached an agreement with the administration in April.The Morning Sun reports that the administration is confident classes will begin on Monday as planned.
“The start of the 2011-12 academic year at Central Michigan University is set for Aug. 22,” University director of public relations Steve Smith said in a prepared statement.However, the Midland Daily News suggests the strike authorization clouds the issue of an on-time start to the fall term.
“Student move-ins, welcome events and faculty preparation are occurring as scheduled throughout the week of Aug. 15, leading up to the first day of classes.”