Central Michigan U. classes to start with professors on strike and administrators preparing court case against union
Detroit Free Press
August 22, 2011
A flurry of activity Sunday night left Central Michigan University professors out on strike, administrators readying a court case against the union and students bewildered about who would teach their classes today.
The strike was being closely watched by universities across the state because it could foreshadow next year, when faculty contracts at several other Michigan universities -- including Wayne State University and Oakland University -- are set to expire. The last faculty strike in Michigan was in 2009 at OU.
At CMU, the first salvo was fired about 8 p.m. Sunday by the 600-plus members of the faculty union, when they went out on strike, about 12 hours before classes were to start.