CMU faculty authorize ‘job action’

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Fall classes may or may not start Monday at Central Michigan University, depending on whether the faculty union follows through on a strike vote, according to The Saginaw News.

The Faculty Association and the university administration have not been able to come to terms on wages, retirement, health care and tenure in their current contract negotiations, and now the union bargaining team may call for any of a number of “job actions,” according to The News.

Although the union’s “Job Action Policy” states that the union does not go on strike, it does allow faculty to stop teaching classes, attending meetings and holding office hours, The News reported. Conversely, faculty may continue to carry out research and supervise student projects, according to The News.

Both sides have filed for a fact finder, The News reported.

The News reported that if the Michigan Education Association approves the work stoppage, then the state union’s crisis assistance program will cover daily salaries for the nonworking faculty.


The Saginaw News, “CMU faculty members vote to strike if necessary with classes one week away,” Aug. 16, 2011


Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Another Way to Deal with Illegal Strikes,” March 24, 2011