UPDATED: Eastern Michigan University, faculty union reach tentative agreement
Editor's note: This story has been updated with details of the contract.
Eastern Michigan University and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
Officials from the union and the university confirmed the agreement.
The two-year contract gives faculty members a 1 percent raise in the first year, and a 2 percent raise in the second year of the contract. In addition, every faculty member will receive an $1,000 flat raise in the first year to help cover the increased health care costs.
In exchange, the union accepted the administration's health care plan, which increases the costs for faculty. A family would see the premium go up from $1,139 a year to $2,950, union officials said.
The agreement doesn't include a controversial measure that would have given faculty members pay increases based on enrollment and state aid to the university.
Both union officials and administrators said it wasn't a perfect resolution for either side.
The union will formally vote on the measure on Sept. 10. It will also need to be approved by the Board of Regents.
The two sides had been far apart in terms of possible pay increases and payment for health benefits as late as Sunday evening.
However, they met all day Monday and well into the night to negotiate.
David Jesse covers higher education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 734-623-2534.