Monday, August 22 classes were supposed to begin at Central Michigan University, however only a hand-full of classes actually began that afternoon as most professors were spread around campus picketing. 600+ Members of CMU’s faculty administration went on strike against the lack of agreement with the university’s administration over FA contracts.
Students supporting the FA marched from Warriner Hall and rallied in support of their professors. Students even knocked on CMU President George Ross’s door, but were dismissed when he was out of office. Campus police stepped in to distance the picketing students to those people who had business to attend to within the hall.
Around 4pm a press conference was held at the CMU seal, outside of Warriner, were the FA found out a temporary retraining order was put on them by Isabella County Circuit Court Judge Paul Chamberlain ruling in the administration’s case.
Professors were no longer allowed to picket or they would be held in contempt of court. Throughout the week, students picketed each day between Anspach and Pearce Halls, a main center of campus, in support of the the FA- since the FA were not allowed to assemble or message their voice.
That Friday, a court decision ruled that the work-order is still in place, but the FA are now allowed to picket. The FA and administration will have 3 meetings with an outside fact finder this fall to try to resolve the conflict in agreeing to a new FA contract.
The Detroit Free Press said, “With several universities across the state facing contract negotiations next summer, and public employees absorbing cuts to pay and benefits, the court hearing this morning will be closely watched and possibly inform future contract talks.” Check out this FREEP article: As court hears CMU strike case, political mood may hurt faculty, experts say
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