Central Michigan University professors remain on the job today. But the faculty has also authorized a strike at a moment's notice, even as they prepare for the start of fall semester Monday.
Faculty has been without a contract since June 30th.
In a vote last night, professors authorized their bargaining committee to take any action it deems necessary.
"We gave them the authority tonight to call a job action, explains Tim Conners, the immediate past president of the CMU Faculty Association. "Not to call a vote for a job action. Not to say, 'Is this what you want to do?' We authorized them to say, 'It's time to take a job action, and here is the job action we are going to take.'"
The union also made a formal request for the university to return to the bargaining table, and a university spokesman called that "a positive development."
"This is the first time since both the university and the faculty association filed for fact finding back in mid-July that the faculty bargaining team has formally requested that both sides resume negotiations," says Steve Smith.
The faculty association is advising its members to prepare for the start of the fall semester, as negotiations between the two sides resume.