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Week of August 15, 2011

University, Skilled Trades Union reach tentative agreement

The university and the U-M Skilled Trades Union (UMSTU) have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract covering about 500 U-M employees.

While specific details are not available pending the outcome of a ratification vote, the agreement includes wage increases over the four-year contract term.

The most recent contract expired on July 31, and members of the union that represents skilled trades staff on all U-M campuses will vote on the new agreement on Aug. 24. The union includes such employees as electricians, plumbers and carpenters.

The ratification vote will take place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Kipke Conference Center, 1239 Kipke Dr.



Mary Bagwell, laundry feeder folder, U-M Health System Laundry Services, on the key to great spaghetti: “You add a little bit of sugar or a little bit of mint to take out the bitterness.”


William Faulkner’s Artifacts of Authorship exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Special Collections Library

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