EMU Federation of Teachers Local 9102


EMUFT is local 9102 of the American Federation of Teachers. We are over 100 full-time lecturers and library staff, over 600 part-time lecturers, and together we are half of the teaching faculty at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. EMUFT is a member-driven organization. As members of EMUFT we can improve the conditions for teaching at EMU and create better educational spaces for our students. The more who are involved, the more we can do to improve teaching and learning.

Membership Meeting Fri. 8/11

We will meet in 201 Pray-Harrold. Doors open at 10:00, and the meeting will start at 10:30. There will be coffee and doughnuts!


We’ve been at the table for 5 months. EMUFT has been fighting strong for our members, and we think it’s important to remind all of our members what we’re fighting for.

  • Job security - we are fighting for our members to have an expectation of reliable work!
  • compensation - we are fighting for equitable pay for all members!
  • pay schedule - our members should be paid in the first pay period of the semester!
  • unpaid medical leave - we are fighting to not be fired in times of medical emergency!

The administration reiterated their positions on Tuesday:

  • Job security - they offer none!
  • compensation - their position remains a 25% pay cut to new lecturers!
  • pay schedule - there is no commitment regarding when they will pay our members.
  • unpaid medical leave - admin refuses unpaid medical leave, insisting on firinglecturers for any absences beyond 3 personal days!

Most alarming is the combined effect of the administration's lack of job security with the 25% pay cut, which would allow (and even incentivize) department heads to hire new lecturers over our current members.

EMUFT is committed to bargaining for a fair contract, with job security and equitable compensation for our members!  Our strength is in our membership, and the Bargaining team hopes to count you in at the General Membership Meeting on August 11th.

Please reach out to our staff organizer Tim Allen, emuftorganizer@gmail.com or (313) 633-4487with questions, or for ways that you can help the team!

Bargaining Rally and Bargaining Session Mon. and Tue. 5/15 & 5/16

Bargaining Rally Mon., 5/15! Meet at the Cesar Chavez Fountain outside of Welch Hall at 4:00 PM.  Join the event on Facebook!

Our next bargaining session is scheduled from 4:00-9:00PM on Tuesday May, 16th in McKenny Hall. We plan to pass many of our articles, including our response to appointments and compensation articles and we encourage you to come observe!

Bargaining Update: Admin proposal still offers 25% Pay Cut

The administration passed another compensation article that still contains the same 25% pay cut for new lecturers, and offers no job security for any PTLs. This would incentivize Department Heads to hire new lecturers over our current PTLs. Specific details about this offer can be found at the end of this email.

Details of the administrations compensation proposal:

  • 25% pay cut for new lecturers
  • Reduces the percentage of pay for lab/studio teaching to 1/3 of a credit hour
  • Removes Lecturer B
  • NO job security for anyone
  • Compares EMU PTL pay to two community colleges
  • Denies that we have members who also work at the University of Michigan, and is therefore a comparable institution
  • Requires pay to be direct deposit or on a debit card (which would likely have fees)
  • Does nothing to guarantee pay on September 15th and January 15th.

Part-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards

EMUFT would like to send overdue CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of this year’s Part-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards:    

CAS: Roberta Justice & Malgorzata Mroz

COB: Jane Stephenson

CHHS: Joy Versluis

COE: Susan Santone

COT: Russell Rhoton

And congratulations also to all nominees for recognition of your hard work as teachers at EMU!

Support Fair Pay by Showing up to Demand a Fair Contract:

Ø Wed. April 19, Grade-In: Sit in for Solidarity on the 2nd floor of Welch Hall, 9am-1pm

Ø Fri. April 21, Regents Meeting: Members are encouraged to attend in support of a Fair contract for Lecturers. Meet outside of Welch Hall by the Cesar Chavez statue at 10 am and wear red.

Ø Thursday, April 20, 9am-2pm, Bargaining, 217 Halle

Ø Sat. April 22, Commencement: Members are invited to hand out Fair Contract flyers at graduation. Contact Matt (cooper492@yahoo.com), or Tim (emuftorganizer@gmail.com, (734) 487-5448) to sign up or for more info.



EMU Proposes Pay Cut, Reduced Job Security

The Eastern Michigan University administration has proposed a 25% pay cut for new lecturers, and a pay freeze for current lecturers. New lecturers would have to teach for 5+ years before they would earn the amount that lecturers make today.

The administration’s proposal also eliminates promotions and the small amount of job security this provides, and demotes lecturers who have already been promoted. Part-time lecturers would earn less than half of what full-time lecturers earn per credit.