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Report: WMU faculty union seeks 9-year contract extension

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Update January 29th 9:30a.m.  The President of Western Michigan University's Chapter of the American Association of University Professors says there are no current negotiations with the university. Matthew Mingus tells WMUK that the union is considering whether to pursue a nine-year extension for one part of the contract to maintain the current structure for the union. Mingus says there will be a chapter meeting on February 8th for the union to decide what action it wants to take in reaction to Right to Work Legislation. 

Update January 28th 5:00p.m. Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette reports that officials from Western's Professor's union says the report is premature, and no negotiations have started.   

An online publication in Lansing says the union representing Western Michigan University professors wants a nine-year extension of its current contract. Michigan Capitol Confidential says its report is based on a draft of the proposal. It would extend the American Association of University Professors contract through 2023 to delay the effects of Michigan’s new “Right to Work” law that takes effect in March. That law makes it illegal to force workers to pay union dues.

Michigan Capitol Confidential reports the AAUP and university officials aren’t commenting on its report.

The union’s current contract with Western doesn’t run out until next year.