Picketing to resume Tuesday unless contract is settled

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Lizabeth Barclay, representative of OU’s chapter of American Association of University Professors, said Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. that AAUP and the OU administration are at the bargaining table in a hotel in Rochester with a state mediator present, and the talks will go into late night and even into the Labor Day weekend if necessary.

“They are still discussing all of the issues… they haven’t been resolved yet,” Barclay said.

Also, AAUP allows the research faculty to continue research and doesn’t consider it crossing the picket line if they spend a “minimal time” doing necessary research work that can’t wait, like culturing cells or applying for grants on deadline.

Picketing has ended around 3 p.m. this afternoon. The 3 – 7 p.m. picketing shift was canceled because it’s Friday afternoon and barely anyone on campus. Unless the contract is settled, picketing will resume Tuesday morning.

Some employees represented by Campus Maintenance Trade (represented by Michigan Education Association) were picketing with the faculty, but could only do so during their non-work hours – lunch hours or before/after work – if they didn’t want to risk disciplinary action.

The 130 CMT employees have been working with expired contracts since fall 2008 without going on a strike. CMT and OU will be back at the negotiating table on Sept. 0 with a state mediator present, said Chris Turkopp, CMT’s president.