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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