Thank you very much for your time. The WMU-AAUP is a faculty voice that is not always easy to hear. I understand that it seems that we are identifying the problems consistently, but it is our duty to protect the contractual agreement signed between the BOT, the administration and our board-appointed faculty. It thus creates a safe place where we can challenge each other and ultimately have a stronger institution. Here, too, I look forward to the opportunity to share this message from the negotiating unit. The challenge for the WMU-AAUP is to encourage the administration to recognize the precarious situation of these people. We are convinced that the BoT and WMU administration believe in common governance and academic freedom. The provision of the mandate route, which is assured in the 2017-2020 agreement, will enable these people to participate fully in our university, contribute and better organize it. The union is asking the administration to work with the faculty to address the reality that it is time to give our advisors the support they need to provide full support to our students. Mark said it well when he said, “We have to take care of the people who take care of our students.” The university administration and representatives of the Western Chapter of the American Association of University Teachers obtained preliminary agreement on the contract May 17, after publication, and union members ratified the contract on May 21.
On April 30, the WMU announced the dismissal of 240 employees of one of its unions and wage reductions of 2.5% for all unpaid employees. (Image at the top of www.apa.org/helpcenter/emotional-crisis) Launch sexist attacks from Michigan Gov. Whitmer as the tyrannical mother of coronavirus dystopia The board will consider a one-year extension of the university`s contract with the faculty union at the 14 .m meeting on Tuesday, May 26, according to a WMU press release. 814 Oakland Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49008 Campus Mail Stop 5401 President Edward Montgomery said in a virtual city hall on May 11 that the university is ready to cut 20% of general fund spending in each of its divisions to make millions of dollars in expected deficits. Here are some specific data that I will share on the mental health status of university students from a national dataset. There is a marked trend in increasing percentages of students who experience overwhelming anxiety (30.7% of the last 2 weeks, 14.1% 30 days) and felt so depressed that it was difficult to function (17.5% of the last 2 weeks, 8.9% of the last 30 days). There is also an increase in the number of students who come to campus with diagnosed mental health problems. In this report, 24% of students report that a tradesman has a diagnosis or treatment due to anxiety and 20% to depression, and 12.3% report panic attacks in the last 12 months. About 53% of students said their academic duties were very difficult to complete. This is just a snapshot of data from the American College of Health Association National Health Assessment for Spring 2019.
Our university participated in this evaluation for the last time in 2015 and the data is an important resource for our programmatic planning. In the short time I have to respond to my remarks, I would like to raise an important question. In a helpful meeting with President Montgomery last week, WMU-AAUP VP, Mark St. Martin and I raised our concerns about the current state of study board needs and transparency between the administration and the university community as a whole. I can talk later about the discussion on transparency; For now, I will focus on mental health/counselling needs. Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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