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Northern faculty vote no on tentative contract

NMU faculty union

MARQUETTE, MI— The Northern Michigan University faculty union has voted down a tentative contract agreement.

Tuesday’s vote was 137-92. Union President Dwight Brady says he knew there was some resistance going into the vote, especially regarding a 3-percent cut to promotions. He says, "This issue disproportionately impacts our younger faculty, and we will do our best to make this workable for them.”

Inflation concerns also factored into the vote, along with cuts to summer pay and professional development funds.

NMU’s administration released the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the AAUP ratification vote failed, but we will continue to work with them to reach an agreement as soon as possible.”