University again refuses CMU faculty's offer to bargain

Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University

For the second time in a week, the university refused to come to the table to bargain with faculty. With the start of classes at stake last week, the university told faculty bargainers that they would not negotiate unless the faculty agreed to their proposals.

The faculty organized a work stoppage on Monday in response to the administration's continued bad-faith bargaining. The faculty has filed several unfair labor practice (ULP) charges citing the university's refusal to bargain.

"Our job action was not an illegal strike--it was a legal job action based on our ULPs. And when the university twice refuses to bargain and uses bully tactics, it just proves our point," said Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President.

In retaliation, the university maneuvered a temporary restraining order forcing faculty back to work on Tuesday.

But claims by the university on Monday that they were ready to bargain any time proved false when they refused the faculty's offer to bargain that day.

Frey commented, "How can you believe any of the administration's claims that they want to bargain when their actions speak otherwise. You can see why we charge them with bad-faith bargaining."

A show cause hearing on the temporary restraining order is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 26.

"We will have our day in court and show that the faculty is the only side truly working to settle a contract," said Frey.