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U-M Lecturers Hosting Picnic To Protest Low Pay

May 17, 2018

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As contract negotiations continue for the University of Michigan lecturer's union, a "protest picnic" is planned for this afternoon in advance of today's Board of Regents meeting.


They're calling it a "picnic for fair pay," highlighting the lack of a contract agreement after seven months of negotiations.    

University of Michigan lecturers, students, and supporters plan to attend the picnic at the university's Dearborn campus asking that U of M president Mark Schlissel "respect the lecs"--as in the 1,700 lecturers who maintain they have been underpayed for years.  

They believe their pay rate is causing a crisis in the classroom that is interfering with their ability to deliver quality education for students and believe many full-time lecturers are living in poverty.

Following today's picnic, lecturers and supporters will attend the U of M regents meeting to address the regents about current contract talks.

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