This in today via email from Geoff “Sir Spamalot” Larcom:
EMU, part-time lecturers union reach tentative agreement on four-year contract
Eastern Michigan University has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers Part-time Lecturers Unit.
The agreement, which runs from 2013-2017, includes per credit raises of $15 in the first year and $20 for each of the following three years.
Thus, the per credit, contact or equivalent hour rates will be:
Other salary categories get equivalent raises.
Union members still must vote on whether to ratify the agreement, which then must be approved by the EMU Board of Regents.
“We want to thank the EMU bargaining team for all of the hard work they put into negotiating this contract,” said Sonya Alvarado, president of the part-time lecturers union. “Our union views this contract as a strong commitment to part-time lecturers by the university.”
Kim Schatzel, EMU provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, said, “This agreement, once again, signals a strong commitment to collaboration on both sides, all aimed at providing a superior educational experience for our wonderful students.”
The agreement covers approximately 800 instructional staff, field instructors and library staff teaching at least one credit hour or the equivalent non-credit instructional workload.
The unit does not include faculty members represented by the EMU-American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and lecturers in the full-time lecturers union, the EMU Federation of Teachers Local 1902 (EMU-FT).
I don’t know what was at stake here or how the negotiations went or anything, but this doesn’t seem like that great of a deal to me, to be honest, and it speaks to one of the reasons why there are so many part-time instructors.