ERIC Number: ED167039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-15
Reference Count: 0
Collective Bargaining in Higher Education: The Western Michigan University Experience.
Munsterman, Richard E.
Negotiation experiences of Western Michigan University (WMU) with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as bargaining agent are described. The important issues, sequence of major events and issues, and the changing governance role of the departmental chairperson and heads are discussed. The goal of the paper is to improve understanding of the higher education negotiating process when the governance role of faculty and administration changes from the collegial model to the conflict model. Information was obtained from interviews of faculty and administrative personnel, from documents from the university's administration, from the AAUP local chapter newsletter, from newspapers, and the student paper. The paper also deals with the following topics: background information of WMU; the chronological listing of events prior to unit determination, events prior to signing the first contract, and events for the first year after the first contract; and the governance role of the departmental chairperson. The major issue in WMU's negotiations between the AAUP and the administration were salary and fringe benefits and departmental governance. The AAUP desired to have a more active role in the allocation of economic resources and at the same time maintain all the benefits of the collegial governance process as it existed before the bargaining unit was formed. Negotiating the first contract was very difficult because the faculty did not want to trade any benefits prior to negotiations to gain increased economic rewards or additional voice in the university governance. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Association of University Professors; Western Michigan University
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of Professors Educational Administration (Eugene, Oregon, August 15, 1977)