Oakland University faculty strike over contract dispute

The campus of Oakland University was quieter than expected on the first day of fall classes Thursday after the faculty was unable to reach a labor contract with the university and went on strike.

University officials encouraged students to show up to classes or contact their instructors to see if classes would be held. But the parking lots were half-full, and only a handful of students were inside the university student center on Thursday morning.

The union representing 880 OU faculty members said it has been part of negotiations with university officials and mediators to reach a contract before the start of the fall semester.The contract of the American Association of University Professors, Oakland chapter, expired Wednesday night and proposed pay cuts were one issue preventing a deal at the Rochester-based university.

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