Friday, July 2, 2010

Ferris Non-Tenured Faculty Vote To Form Union

Here is the latest information about today's counting of votes for Ferris State University's non-tenured faculty to form a union.

The vote was counted on Friday, July 2, in the Founders Room of the Rankin Student Center on the Big Rapids campus.

Here is an excerpt of a story that can be found on the Ferris News Services Web site:

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University non-tenured faculty eligible to vote in a union certification election have voted in favor of representation by the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.

A representative from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission was on campus Friday, July 2, to count the votes with the final vote tally being 47 to 7.

Seventy-two non-tenure track faculty who were identified as meeting the bargaining unit inclusions and who were on the University payroll as of April 1, 2010 were given the opportunity to vote.

Included in the new bargaining unit will be all non-tenure track faculty employed by Ferris who provided direct classroom instruction at the Big Rapids campus for three (3) or more credit hours per semester in any two (2) semesters within the previous four (4) consecutive semesters or who are employed to provide direct classroom instruction for three (3) or more credit hours in the fall and spring semester in the current academic year. The fall and spring semesters are defined as qualifying “semesters” under the bargaining unit, but not the summer semester.

For the complete story, visit the News Services Web site, here.

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