Ferris State faculty members start strike

BIG RAPIDS (AP) — Dozens of Ferris State University faculty members took to a picket line as they went on strike for the first day of fall semester classes.

Striking tenured teachers at the university in Big Rapids chanted “No contract, no work” while lining a sidewalk Monday. The strike followed a Sunday negotiating session that didn’t result in a new contract agreement with the Ferris Faculty Association, which represents some 450 full-time faculty members.

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

Faculty union President Charles Bacon tells The Detroit News that he’s frustrated with lack of progress. The two sides are split over pay increases.

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

Residents dealing with sediment in Coloma

COLOMA — Coloma residents who have sediment in their water are asked to try flushing their system. 

Jerry Beatty, who lives on Strand Street, has reported at the last two Coloma City Commission meetings that he is still having problems with sediment in his water, even after replacing old pipes with new copper ones. He said at Monday night’s meeting that some of his neighbors are having the same problem. 

Public Works Supervisor Rodney Burkholder said since the city doesn’t have a filtration plant, sediment is always a possibility. 

Commissioner Marsha Hammond suggested to Beatty that he try turning all the faucets in his house and letting the system flush out any sediment that was built up.