The faculty and academic staff union (AAUP-AFT) and the administration at Wayne State University have tentatively agreed to an eight-year contract. This agreement will replace a contract that expired on July 31, 2012. The chapter represents approximately 1,950 faculty and academic staff.
“We conducted negotiations based on the best interests of our students and the future of the university,” said Allan Gilmour, president of Wayne State University. “This tentative agreement recognizes the value of our faculty and staff, and also builds in the accountability and flexibility required to adapt to a rapidly changing world of higher education.”
Charles Parrish, president of the WSU AAUP-AFT, added, “As always, there is give and take on both sides, but we believe this is a fair contract. Most importantly, tenure, job security, and academic freedom have been preserved. This will allow our faculty to continue their excellent work in teaching and research.”
In addition to changes in wages and benefits, the contract establishes ongoing committees to explore the use of technology in education and the changing realities of health care benefits.
Members are scheduled to vote on ratification on March 6. The contract will be effective upon ratification.
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