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UPDATE: Nurses union calls for support of NMU faculty at Tuesday University forum

The call to action comes after confirmation Monday that NMU faculty union members are not on strike
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Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:56 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) -The RN Staff Council of Marquette posted a call to action Tuesday morning requesting support for Northern Michigan University faculty at the University forum meeting.

The post requested that community members wear read and “pack Ballroom 3 in the Northern Center” to demonstrate support for the faculty at the 4:30 p.m. forum Tuesday, October 26.

In addition to the call to action by the Nurses’ Union, NMU students have organized a solidarity march for Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in support of faculty. The march is led by a student organization called “Students Supporting Professors.”

Jaxon Andres, co-founder and co-president of the organization, said that the group will march from the Woods Residence Hall on campus, across the Academic Mall, and to the entrance of the Northern Center, where they will attend the University Forum planned for 4:30 p.m.

These organized demonstrations of support come a day after rumors circulated-- and were debunked-- about NMU faculty striking when several students reported their professors canceling classes abruptly for the day. Several faculty union members confirmed Monday evening that they are not on strike.

Members of the NMU-AAUP have been working without a contract since June 30 and contract negotiations continue.

Students have felt the impact of ongoing contract negotiations on campus.

Of class cancellations, NMU freshman Abigail Steers expressed concern about the impact missing class would have on progress.

“It’s kind of a challenging class, a statistics class. So, I hope we don’t get behind because exams are coming up,” she said.

Sophomore Kate Gunville said that while the ongoing negotiation has affected the atmosphere on campus, she supports her professors.

“It does cause some tension around campus because no one really knows what to do. I think the students just don’t know the right answer for this, but I’m happy the teachers are doing what they feel is right.”

NMU Administration and the NMU-AAUP had no comment Monday.

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