This blog– well, at least the stuff I’ve had about the strike– has gotten a little too popular for me to just spout off at this delicate moment of twenty-four hours of talks. So I’ll save some of that for my “after the strike” post, which will hopefully be later today. Or at least I hope we’ll be settled by the end of today.
I will say this though: I applaud both the union and the administration for getting back to the table. I am very proud and happy that the union took the high ground here, and I’m hopeful that Fallon was right when he said in his WEMU interview yesterday that there was “plenty left to negotiate” with the administration’s “last and final offer.” And I am also cautiously optimistic that the union has been telling us all the truth since this stand-off began last week, that if we get back together, we can work this out in a day.
Fingers crossed. In the meantime, I’ll be in the office for a full day today. I don’t actually teach today, but I have LOTS to catch up on. And hey, who knows? I might not be able to be there tomorrow….
In the news about all this:
- The Detroit FreeP has a story, “Professors, EMU call 24 hour halt.” For me, it paints a pretty optimistic picture that both sides are ready to make a deal.
- The Detroit News has similar piece, “EMU professors ‘put students first,’ suspend strike.” The “put students first” part comes from a quote from Bunsis in the article.