Minutes of the Special Meeting of

Thursday, September 1, 2011



A special conference call meeting of the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University was held on Thursday, September 1, in the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, 602 Cohodas Administrative Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan.  The meeting was convened at 2:37 p.m. by Chair Brian Cloyd.


Trustees present included:     


Mr. Brian D. Cloyd, Chair (via telephone)

Mr. Stephen F. Adamini (via telephone)

Mr. Jon G. LaSalle (via telephone)                      

      Dr. H. Sook Wilkinson (via telephone)

Mr. Gilbert L. Ziegler (via telephone)

Dr. Leslie E. Wong, ex officio


Trustees absent included:

      Mr. Stephen L. Gulis, Jr.

      Dr. L. Garnet Lewis

      Mr. Richard M. Popp


Senior staff and counsel present included:


      Ms. Catherine L. Dehlin, General Counsel

      Dr. Paul L. Lang, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mr. R. Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

      Ms. Theresa M. Nease, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees



AFSCME Union Negotiated Agreement


Mr. Leach reviewed the proposed language for the negotiated agreement between Northern Michigan University and Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees’ Union (AFL-CIO) (AFSCME).  Staff responded to questions and comments from the Trustees.


The following action was taken:


It was moved by Trustee Adamini and seconded by Trustee Wilkinson that the negotiated agreement between Northern Michigan University and Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ Union (AFL-CIO) (AFSCME), covering the period from

October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2014, be approved.


After a roll call vote, the motion was approved with five (5) for the motion and zero (0) against.


Trustees commended the administration on their work in coming to an agreement on this contract.  President Wong assured the Board both sides kept their eye on what is good for both employees and the University.  This was particularly difficult with the trying economic situation.  The bargaining teams had very candid conversations about very tough issues.  Coming to an agreement on this contract is a testament to the commitment from both sides.





Chair Cloyd adjourned the meeting at 2:43 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Theresa M. Nease, Secretary of the Board