Magazine article American Libraries

Librarians Join AAUP Strike in Michigan; University Settles after Week of No Classes

Magazine article American Libraries

Librarians Join AAUP Strike in Michigan; University Settles after Week of No Classes

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In Rochester, Michigan, librarians, teachers, and students at Oakland University went back to school September 10, ending a week-long faculty strike that included a dozen tenure-track librarians from the Kresge Library.

The university administration and the faculty union reached a tentative agreement on the faculty's 2009-12 contracts at around 3:30 a.m., and the strike that had caused the cancelation of classes since September 3 was called off.

According to the September 11 Oakland Press, Joel Russell, president of the university's 600-member chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said in a letter to the faculty that "the [tentative agreement] retains and in some ways strengthens the shared governance provisions of former contracts, limits the use of term appointments, protects our intellectual property, and offers choices between our current type of health plans and healthy choice plans." The contract becomes official once it has been read and approved by all union members and the OU board of trustees.

"It is not a happy situation," Frank Lepkowski, associate dean and associate professor at the Kresge Library told American Libraries when the strike began September 3. …

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