Oakland University's faculty voted late Wednesday to authorize a strike, and the faculty union urged members to skip today's first day of classes. Newspaper accounts of the vote, like this one in the Detroit Free Press, said that the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors had authorized a strike but that the union would call for a boycott early this morning only if they believed talks were at an impasse. A note on the home page of Oakland's AAUP this morning said: "The 2006-09 contract has expired without a tentative agreement. The AAUP team asks the faculty show support for the bargaining process and to not meet classes until further notice." A note on the university's Web site warned students to prepare for a work stoppage but also noted that a strike would violate state law.
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