With a possible strike just hours away, the teachers union at Eastern Michigan University reached a tentative deal with the Ypsilanti based school.
Professor of accounting and union spokesman Howard Bunsis tells WWJ the 2 year contract calls for a 2% increase in each year, with increased costs for health coverage.
Bunsis sais the salary increase will cover the hike in health insurance, with a little left over. He said they wanted only a 2 year deal because they didn’t want to be locked in to a long term contract.
A membership vote is scheduled for September 10th, with the first day of classes on September 7th.
Bunsis said teachers want to be in class, not on picket lines, but weren’t willing to give away the store.
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