Ferris State University administration, faculty association reach contract agreement

BIG RAPIDS — After months of meeting at the negotiation table, the Ferris State University administration and the Ferris Faculty Association have reached an agreement for a new five-year contract.

After members of the FFA hosted a vote on the contract last week, the tentative contract went before the FSU Board of Trustees and was ratified on Tuesday.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement,” Eisler said. “Faculty are essential to the education we provide our students. Through this, we will continue to provide a competitive compensation package to attract and retain our faculty.”

The new contract runs through June 30, 2023, and covers approximately 450 tenured and tenure-track faculty members on the Big Rapids campus.

“It’s great. We have a contract,” said FFA President Charles Bacon, noting the contract, on which members cast their votes Wednesday and Thursday, passed with 248 faculty in favor and five in opposition.

Highlights of the new contract agreement, which will replace its predecessor that ended on June 30, include an overall 2 percent annual salary increase in years one through three, and a 2.25 percent annual salary increase in years four and five; overload pay of $90 per credit hour per week and an increase to $95 per credit hour per week beginning in the fall of 2021; and $300,000 annually for supplemental market adjustments.

“Agreement on this contract was reached through the concerted efforts of both negotiating teams,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Boyer. “The university worked to reach an agreement that meets the interests of both our faculty and our students.”


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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