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Judge orders striking faculty to return

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A judge has ordered striking faculty at Central Michigan University back to work less than 24 hours after they voted to walk in a contract dispute.

An Isabella County judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to a request from the university administration, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

The faculty had voted late Sunday to strike after negotiations on a new contract broke down, charging the school administration with unfair labor practices.

Around 600 members of the school's Faculty Association refused to show up for classes Monday and picketed on campus, but union leadership said Tuesday they would abide by the judge's order and instruct faculty to return to the classrooms.

Faculty Association President Laura Frey said professors would return to their next scheduled class pending a court hearing Friday.

"I am proud of this faculty for taking a stand on something they believe in and for the quality that they deserve," Frey said.

CMU President George Ross said the university remains committed to reaching a fair contract.

"We didn't walk away," Ross said. "We are committed to getting faculty back in the classroom and educating our students."

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