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BGSU, faculty one step closer to first contract

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It will only take one more vote for the faculty at BGSU and administration to finally have a contract.

The faculty association has approved what will be their first contract, and now the board of trustees just needs to do the same.

"The first faculty member to sign a card in favor of unionization signed that card on March the 4th, 2009," said David Jackson, of the BGSU Faculty Association. "So [it's been] over four years, in terms of becoming a unionized faculty and negotiating our first contract."

Throughout the academic year, the faculty association held grade-ins and demonstrations, making it clear that coming up with a fair contract is not negotiable. Both sides feel they have reached that goal with this contract.

"The professors will have more time to spend with their students, will feel more committed to the institution…if they're not consistently worrying about either losing their job, or even finding a job offer that just pays more," Jackson said. "We think it's a very fair contract, for the faculty, for the administration, and just as importantly for the students."

On the table is a 3-year contract with a yearly, 3 percent increase to the faculty's base salary. Faculty did take a cut to their summer salary, and have seen an increase in their contribution to the healthcare premium.

The administration sent this statement:

"We're pleased that the members of the BGSU Faculty Association have overwhelmingly approved the contract. We believe that it is a mutually beneficial agreement that will allow us to move forward in concert with the faculty to achieve our goals as an institution."

The board of trustees will meet May 3 to vote on the contract.

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