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Ferris State University, Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University and the Ferris Faculty Association reached a tentative agreement Oct. 7 on a three-year contract running July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013.

Teams for the University and FFA have been meeting since July 2009, but were unable to agree on a contract before the start of fall classes. The previous contract expired June 30, 2010.

The agreement includes salary increases of 2 percent, 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent over the three years of the agreement. Health care coverage remains essentially unchanged from the previous contract.

“I am grateful that throughout this process faculty remained focused on our mission, which is teaching and learning,” said Ferris State President David L. Eisler.

Despite starting the fall semester without a faculty contract, the University enrolled a record 14,381 students system-wide.

“This agreement keeps us on track to continue attracting students to our career-oriented degree programs,” Eisler added.

The new agreement must still be ratified by FFA membership and approved by the University’s board of trustees.