Thursday, September 11, 2008

Strike Averted?

WMU and the faculty union have reached a tentative agreement.

Western faculty, university reach tentative 3-year pact
AAUP, WMU Reach Tentative Agreement

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's faculty union has reached a tentative deal with the university on a new three-year contract.

The professors are scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the offer with the goal of holding a ratification vote later this month, the union said on its Web site.
But not before professors politicized the classroom.

AAUP meets to discuss next move

With the possibility of a strike looming, many professors have taken the time to speak with their students about what has been happening with the AAUP negotiations.

“They are using their lectures to try and make us choose sides during class, said Secondary Education major Steve Smith. Smith explained that he thought that it was inappropriate for teachers to use students time to promote their own viewpoints.

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