hanks to everyone who emailed, called and generally supported the Union of Teaching Faculty (UTF) at Central Michigan. They just announced that they have reached a tentative agreement and tomorrow’s planned protest will now be a celebration. Congrats to UTF and AFT Michigan. Here is the full media advisory.
Contact: Leigh Fifelski
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Rally Wednesday To Celebrate Important Gains for Job Security, Health Care and Living Wages CMU Faculty
Long-awaited contract finalized yesterday is Critical First Step toward Fair Pay for Faculty Subsisting on Food Stamps, Public Assistance
Mt. Pleasant – College professors at Central Michigan University will rally Wednesday at the university after reaching agreement with CMU on wages, job security and other labor issues. The agreement, coming after 5 months of negotiations, comes at a time when non-tenured faculty have been scraping by on below-poverty wages, food stamps, state-funded health care programs and other forms of public assistance.
The rally will celebrate the agreement as the first step toward fair wages and job security.
The rally will also highlight similar struggles across Michigan, as state government cuts to higher education increase universities’ reliance on contingent faculty. Roughly half of Michigan’s university professors have little job security, reduced benefits, are paid a fraction of what their education, workload and skills are worth.
WHAT: The Bridge to a Better Education Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 / 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: Warriner Mall / Central Michigan University
WHO: Jim Eikrem, President University Teaching Faculty AFT Michigan
Virginia Bernero, student
Reverend Wayne Nicholson
Matt Lgleski, Central Michigan University Graduate Student Union
Patrick McGinnity, University Teaching Faculty Bargaining Chair
Dave Dobbie, AFT Michigan
Daniel Kukuk, Central Michigan Joint Union Council/AFT Michigan