Bowling Green State University and the BGSU Faculty Association, the university's faculty union, have announced they have reached an agreement in principle on the union's first contract.
Details of the agreement are being finalized and must be ratified by the union's membership and approved by the BGSU Board of Trustees.
"We're pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement with the Faculty Association," said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. "This will allow us to move forward in concert with the faculty to achieve our goals as an institution."
BGSU Faculty Association President David Jackson believes it is a fair first contract for union members and the university.
"After 25 hours of sort of marathon negotiations on Friday and Saturday, we came to an agreement that contains a lot of important protections for faculty," said Jackson.
The contract includes raises, tenure and promotion protections, plus terms to benefit the 100 faculty members whose jobs are being cut this fall.
Both the university and the Faculty Association agree the process was long, but the outcome was worth it.
"We're just extremely pleased that we've been able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the Faculty Association and we look forward to moving forward," said Dave Kielmeyer, BGSU senior communications director.
The Faculty Association says coming to this agreement will benefit the everyone.
"It's been an incredibly long and difficult process, but at the end of the day, with compromise on both sides, we were able to get a contract that's good for the faculty, and frankly good for the university, and most importantly, good for the students," said Jackson.
Jackson and Mazey expressed appreciation for the work of Robert Stein, the mediator appointed by the State Employee Relations Board, to facilitate negotiations. Stein is a BGSU alumnus.
The Faculty Association is expected to take the agreement to its membership in early April.
BGSU faculty will need to vote on the contract before it can be approved by the BGSU Board of Trustees. The board will likely hold a special meeting to vote on the agreement. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is May 3.
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