No agreement reached, classes still resume

Ferris faculty and administration continue with contract negotiations

Classes will be held on Aug. 30 as scheduled as current negotiations between the Ferris Faculty Association (FFA) and representatives for the administration continue.

Faculty and administrators held a meeting on Sunday to continue discussing contract negotiations. They did not reach an agreement nor did they choose to strike. The next negotiation meetings are scheduled for Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.On Aug. 17 2010, expecting a basis for agreement, the administration proposed a $7.5 million four year enhanced economic offer, which also included a fifth-year option. The proposal included market adjustments increasing from $250,000 to $300,000 for each of the four years.

The proposed health care plan includes a four percent increase in the contributions of the university along with a reported $50,000 supplement in years containing an increase of more than 10 percent.

The administration’s representatives also negotiated a contract that began with a 2 percent salary increase, which rose through the remainder of the contract to 2.25 percent, 2.5 percent and 2.75 percent.