The University of Akron and the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors said Wednesday that they have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.
The AAUP will hold a private meeting today at UA’s Martin Center to consider the proposal and will vote online beginning on Friday.
If the AAUP approves the contract, the UA board of trustees will consider it at its next meeting on Sept. 16.
Negotiations for what would be the AAUP’s third contract with UA began early in May, according to the AAUP website.
The current contract ends on Dec. 15.
Details of the proposal have not been made public.
In communications to full-time faculty in March, the AAUP expressed concern that UA administrators were trying to improve the university’s finances by increasing their workload without talking to them first. The union filed a grievance in April over changes to the faculty workload.
The AAUP represents about 700 full-time faculty. The university also has about 1,000 part-time faculty who are not unionized.
UA spokeswoman Eileen Korey declined to comment.
AAUP President Stephen Weeks, a biology professor, could not be reached for comment.
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