College facing faculty strike

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Administrators at a college in the region said fall semester classes will be starting as scheduled ‚ÄĒ even though many faculty members are going on strike.

The strike by tenured teachers at the Ferris State University in Big Rapids is beginning today after a Sunday negotiating session didn't result in a new contract agreement with the Ferris Faculty Association, which represents tenured teachers.

The 14,000-student school says on its website that some professors may not be present for classes, but students should attend as scheduled.

Faculty union President Charles Bacon told The Detroit News that he's frustrated with lack of progress. The union represents some 450 full-time faculty members.

Bacon says non-tenured teachers have a contract through 2020.

School spokeswoman Michelle Rasmussen said declining enrollment has reduced tuition revenue.

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