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University faculty reject pay freeze proposal

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Faculty at Northern Michigan University want to go back to the bargaining table after they rejected a two-year pay freeze proposal from the administration.

Dwight Brady is president of the NMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors union. He says faculty ‘took one for the team’ during the pandemic last year and agreed to a one-year salary freeze, but now the administration wants two more years of no raises and won’t negotiate until after the semester ends May 1st.

The union held a rally last week to make the issue public.

“The primary message of the rally was ‘Frozen pay is not okay.',” said Brady.

Brady says federal coronavirus aid is helping NMU recoup lost revenue due to lower enrollment.