YPSILANTI, Mich. -

Eastern Michigan University has reached a tentative 3-year contract agreement with its faculty.

The Ypsilanti school says in a release that the deal calls for salary increases of 2 percent per year for each year of the contract.

Members of the faculty union are expected to vote Sept. 5th on the contract.

If approved, Eastern Michigan's Board of Regents then would vote Sept. 18th.

The school has about 700 faculty members.

The current, 2-year contract expires at midnight on Aug. 31. Classes begin Sept. 5th.

"We are very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that will benefit faculty, students, and the university. These negotiations were conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, with both sides committed to doing what was best for the university.  The fact that we completed negotiations two weeks before the expiration of the contract is indicative of the cooperation that was present throughout the bargaining process” said Susan Moeller, EMU-AAUP President.

The membership of the union will have a ratification vote in approximately two weeks.