MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Faculty members at Central Michigan University have authorized their union leaders to call a job action that could include a strike over the failure to reach a labor contract with the Mount Pleasant school.
Members of the Central Michigan Faculty Association voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a job action at a meeting Monday.
Despite the move toward a possible strike, the university issued a statement Monday night saying it's encouraged.
The two sides did resume talks Tuesday at 10 a.m. This is the first time both parties returned to the bargaining table since the FA and CMU filed for fact finding on July 14.
The professors have been without a contract since June 30.
The semester starts Aug. 22, and the university says it expects classes to begin as scheduled.
"CMU views the faculty's request to resume negotiations as a positive development, demonstrating a willingness on the part of the faculty to teach commencing Monday when the new semester begins," read a news release issued by the university Tuesday.
"Students continue to move in, purchase books and get ready for classes, and faculty preparation is occurring," the statement read.
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