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10A - The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, September 6, 2000
EMUcancels classes after 650 professors strike

YPSILANTI (API- Dozens of classes
were canceled yesterday and students were
!'ft wondering when they could return as
Irore than 650 full-time faculty at Eastern
Mlichigan University went on strike.
Waving white cardboard signs with the slo-
gan "Books Not Bricks," the unionized pro-
4essors peacefully demonstrated at 12
tratcgic locations around the campus, pass-,
n, out fliers and urging students to support
the strike.
It was the first faculty strike since 1978.
"We're willing to hold out as long as we
need to," said librarian Ann Andrew, who
walked the line Tuesday morning after con-
tract talks stalled shortly after midnight.
University officials said they were disap-
pointed faculty broke off negotiations.
"We are committed to the collective bar-
gaining process and are ready te return to the
table and resolve these issues so that the uni-
versity can return to normal," said Ronald
Collins, vice president for academic affairs.
Key issues with the professors' union
include replacement o' full-time faculty

members with part-time faculty, control over
Internet courses and salary and benefit
increases, American Association of Universi-
ty Professors spokesman Phil Arrington told
The Ann Arbor News for an article published
The university has said it doesn't plan to
replace tenured and tenure-track faculty
members. For hospitality management pro-
fessor Denver Severt, the biggest concern was
"I'm interested in the pay issue," said the
five-year faculty member. "We're at the bot-
tom of the Mid-American Conference right
now, and if you factor in the cost of living,
we're even worse."
Salaries for full professors at Eastern
Michigan averaged S63,000 in 1998-99,
according to the latest figures from the Mid-
American Conference.
The average salary in the conference,
which represents 12 comparable public uni-
versities in five states, was S68,000 for a full
The university is offering a 6 percent salary

increase for the first year of a new four-vear
contract, followed by 5 percent increases each
of the following years.
The offer also raises life insurance maxi-
mums from S 100,000 to S275,000 and
increases long-term disability benefits, the
university said.
"The university has committed an extraor-
dinarv amount of resources toward faculty
salaries," Collins said. "The university has
made a good faith effort and has extended its
resources, but we cannot put any further bur-
den on our students"
The roughly 40 percent of lecturers and
part-time lecturers not covered by the contract
were in class as scheduled yesterday, universi-
ty spokesman Ward Mullens said. Lecturers
also are negotiating with the university for
better pay and benefits.
Of the universitv's 23.000 students whose
fall semester began Aug. 30, many were left
with a less-than-full class schedule.
"If it prolongs more than a week, I think
I'd be a little upset" said senior Jaime Bottrell
of Ann Arbor.

The carlv elementarv education major said
that despite having one of her three classes
canceled, she was still supportive of the strike.
"I hope they get what they're asking for. I
think they deserve it," she said. "It stinks that
they have to cancel classes ... but I think it's
for a good cause."
Freshman Justin Root who had one can-
celed class, said he sympathized with the
"It's disrupting that we all have to come to
school and find out that classes are canceled,"
said the Redford native.
"But I support the teachers. Teaching's a
hard job.
The contract, covering 687 tenured and
tenure-track professors, expired Friday but
was extended until midnight Monday, Arring-
ton said.
Talks with a state mediator broke off short-
ly thereafter.
"We're ready to go back to the bargaining
table as soon as the administration gives us

something that's fair and
ton said.

equitable," Arring-

Eastern Michigan University art professor Marvin Anderson
walks the picket line on the school's campus on Tuesday.


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Keep the Fire Burning (KTFB), a
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ber, has been the main opposition to
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Once Bowen announced his deci-
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"I am violently opposed to the off-
campus bonfire," he said. "It's a slap in
the face of the Aggie spirit, and it dis-
respects the unity of that spirit. This
gives a black eye to the Aggies."
Kerlee intends to share his opinion
with other Southside residence halls.
"The students ought to do what has
been recommended," he said. "Just
because some are taking their bats off
the field and vowing to play elsewhere
doesn't mean we can't follow the
guidelines the University gave."
Schwery and the Spence/Briggs
Hlall Council accepted Kerlee Sr.,
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this semester.
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"If this bonfire continues off cam-.
pus, then it's going to drag people
down and make things worse than thev@
were in the beginning," she said,
Ricky Wood's position is simple: he
is against an off-campus bonfire.
He said the point of speaking out
against KTFB's proposed plan is to
ensure that the Aggies stand as united
as they did after the Bonfire collapse.
"The freshmen will be in charge of
making sure that the Bonfire in 2002 is
a good and safe one," Wood said. "We
need to talk about what's going on and
address the issues.
The people most strongly affected
by the University's decision are the
ones Schwery hopes to target in
tonight's meeting.
"It's important to talk to freshmen;'
she said. "But more so, for the upper-
classmen who worked their butts off
last year - building stack and cutting
down trees every weekend - with so
much invested - who never got to see
it burn."

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