Northern Michigan University faculty are calling for pay raises after they say they agreed to a one-year pay freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Detroit News reported.
NMU proposed a two-year contract with no increase in base pay with a 1% bonus, union leader Dwight Brady said.
The current contract expires June 30.
“Last year, we took one for the team and settled for a pay freeze and reduced compensation for summer and overload pay because of COVID,” Brady said. “However, we cannot and will not accept essentially frozen salaries again.
“Our faculty members have worked extra hours and put themselves at risk to offer face-to-face instruction during a global pandemic.”
NMU is getting millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief from the federal government, chief negotiator Lesley Putnam said.