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University professors strike

September 04, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Classes at a suburban Detroit university were canceled indefinitely after professors went on strike, upset over being asked to freeze their salaries a year after the university's president got a $100,000 pay raise.

Oakland University, which has about 18,000 students, was to begin its fall semester Thursday, but the teachers' union authorized a strike the night before. The union, which represents 450 faculty members, said it decided to strike after the university proposed a three-year wage freeze along with cuts in health insurance benefits.

Last year, the university increased President Gary Russi's base pay from $250,000 to $350,000.

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