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Classes Canceled at E. Michigan

September 6, 2000

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) _ Most students at East Michigan University showed up for classes Wednesday despite a strike by 687 unionized professors.

Although dozens of classes were canceled, many were being conducted by full-time, part-time or adjunct lecturers, university spokesman Ward Mullens said.

The school is waiting for a mediator before more contract talks are scheduled, probably later this week, he said.

``We are ready to end this immediately, if not sooner,″ Mullens said.

Unionized professors at the university walked off the job Tuesday after contract talks with the school broke off. The fall semester began last week for the university’s 23,000 students.

``It’s disrupting that we all have to come to school and find out that classes are canceled,″ said freshman Justin Root, 18, who had one canceled class. ``But I support the teachers.″

Lecturers, who are not covered by the contract, make up about 40 percent of the faculty.

Some of the key issues being negotiated are the replacement of full-time faculty members with part-time faculty, control over Internet courses, and salary and benefit increases, Arrington said.

The university is offering a 6 percent salary increase for the first year of a new four-year contract, followed by 5 percent increases the remaining years.

``The university has committed an extraordinary amount of resources toward faculty salaries,″ said Ronald Collins, vice president for academic affairs.

``The university has made a good faith effort and has extended its resources, but we cannot put any further burden on our students,″ he added.

Salaries for full professors averaged $63,000 in 1998-99, according to the latest figures available from the Mid-American Conference. The average in the conference, which represents 12 comparable public universities, was $68,000.


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