The Central Michigan University Faculty Association held a day-long work stoppage on Monday, the first day of fall classes. Students joined with faculty on the picket lines to encourage administration representatives to return to the negotiations table. A judge issued a temporary restraining order to halt the stoppage, and professors at CMU were back teaching classes on Tuesday.
Both sides have traded accusations about the other side’s intentions. The administration has claimed the strike was illegal, while the faculty union believes the university is refusing to bargain.
The union president kept her focus on the students in a statement: to return to the negotiating table.