The "work-to-rule" arrangement adopted by a union representing University of Maine faculty members has resulted in a complaint filed by the university system. Faculty members, who are seeking a 4.5% cost-of-living pay increase, refrain from taking part in voluntary activities under such an arrangement, but otherwise follow their contract terms, one professor said. "I don't think we have any precedent determining whether the things are or are not mandatory subjects of bargaining, and that will be an issue in this case," said Marc Ayotte, executive director of the Maine Labor Relations Board.

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