Western Michigan University Board of Trustees

Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider a one-year extension to the University's contract with the faculty union. 

Negotiators for WMU and leaders of WMU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) reached a tentative agreement on specific terms of the contract Saturday, May 17. WMU-AAUP members subsequently ratified the agreement Thursday, May 21.

The meeting will be held via livestream on Tuesday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. The livestream can be viewed at wmich.edu/trustees.

The approval from the board would extend the contract with a few changes, according to the proposal

Faculty member salaries would be reduced by 2.25%, according to the proposal. This would go into effect July 1 and continue through June 30, 2021. 

All health care plan benefits and the employee percentage contributions towards premiums  would remain the same for calendar years 2020 and 2021.

WMU would also offer a retirement incentive plan called, “the Plan,” to designated faculty members and academic administrators.

For this, the individual must hold academic tenure and be actively employed by the University, are at least age 55 and have at least ten years of regular full-time service at the University, according to the proposal. 

Those who wish to address the board for public comment may notify Dr. Kahler Schuemann at kahler.schuemann@wmich.edu by 5 p.m. May 25, for instructions on how to participate in the virtual meeting.

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