Detroit — Administrators at the University of Detroit Mercy have agreed to keep negotiating with faculty members, stepping back from threats of terminating union contracts made earlier this year.
Contract talks are expected to continue between the university and the University of Detroit Mercy Professor’s Union after school officials asked the teachers’ organization to extend their contract through Oct. 24.
“We are glad that the administration took a step back from their threat of unilateral action and committed themselves to resolving differences at the bargaining table,” said Prasad Venugopal, president of the professor’s union. “Reaching a negotiated settlement would be in the best interests of our students, faculty and the university.”
School and union officials have been in contract talks for nearly a year and have come to terms on 96 percent of the issues, according to the teachers’ group. Wages and retirement issues remain the sticking points.
“We have believed all along, and continue to believe that a negotiated settlement through the collective bargaining process is the best outcome for all,” said Steven Nelson, associate vice president for human resources and payroll at the university, in a written statement. “We will be returning to the bargaining table and remain committed to continue meeting so that we can reach an agreement.”