CMU President to hold 'State of the University' address

The dispute between CMU's administration and faculty union has already spilled into the third week of classes.

Central Michigan University TMs President George E. Ross and Executive Vice President/Provost E. Gary Shapiro are planning on delivering a State of the University address Wednesday.

This comes on the heels of a faculty strike and negotiations talks. CMU staff members held a strike the first day of this school year, but were forced back into the classrooms after a judge barred the faculty from the work stoppage last month.

CMU's faculty is also planning on protesting before and after Dr. Ross's speech on Wednesday.

Rallies are planned for outside Anspach and Pearce halls on campus, with protestors planning to walk to Warriner Hall before President Ross's speech.

A post-speech protest is also planned in front of Ronan Hall.

"Despite the university TMs strong financial health, President Ross and his administrative team are seeking comprehensive rollbacks that will make it difficult to recruit and retain the best faculty, thereby jeopardizing the future quality of CMU for all students," says Dr. Laura Frey, CMU's FA president.

A judge is continuing to look at the case. A fact finder was hired in August to help CMU Administration and faculty reach an agreement.

The State of the University is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and will be streamed live at this link.