Western Michigan University trustees have called a special meeting for next week to consider a new three year contact with the union representing the university's part-time instructors.
A news release from the university says the meeting will be held by conference call Wednesday March 20th at 2:30. Members of the Professional Instructors Organization approved the contract in February. Western trustees did not place the contract on their agenda when they met in late February. At that time, state lawmakers were raising concerns about universities possibly trying to circumvent Michigan's new "right to work" law. Some universities could face fewer state dollars if they are seen as working around the new laws on collective bargaining.
Members of the PIO called that "political bullying" and called on trustees to stand up to Legislators. Western President John Dunn said he would seek clarity from state lawmakers who had indicated they were more concerned with contract extensions rather than new agreements.