YPSILANTI (AP) — Eastern Michigan University and the union representing its professors have agreed to a two-year contract extension.

The Ypsilanti school says the agreement covers about 650 tenured and tenure-track faculty. It was approved Tuesday by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents after being ratified by the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors last month.

The agreement is effective Sept. 1. It includes salary increases and changes to health care benefits.

Rhonda Longworth, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, says in a statement the agreement “signals an exceptionally strong commitment to collaboration.”

EMU-AAUP President Judith Kullberg tells The Ann Arbor News that the agreement allows those involved to “save a lot of time and expenses on both sides and also avoid possible conflict.”

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