Teachers' Labor Troubles Disrupt School

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti filed an unfair labor practices charge with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission against the American Association of University Professors, which represents the 687 tenured and tenure-track professors who went on strike Tuesday morning.

The school’s three allegations: the AAUP violated its duty to bargain in good faith by insisting on bargaining to impasse over restrictions on the appointment of lecturers who are represented by another union and by demanding minimum staffing levels by tenured and tenure-track faculty; the AAUP has engaged in a strike that is illegal; and the union has taken a nonnegotiable and fixed position on intellectual property.

A union spokesman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

At the University of Texas, the 17,000 non-teaching employees are seeking pay raises, including an hourly minimum of $9.16, and want their insurance premiums to remain unchanged.

The university has said it was forced to raise premiums to offset rising insurance costs. Workers earning $30,000 a year or less were given a $50-a-month raise to help offset the increases.

University operations were normal Wednesday, the first day of the three-day work disruption, said Pat Clubb, vice president of employee and campus operations.

ABCNEWS.com’s Maria F. Durand, ABCNEWS Radio’s Jim Ranney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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