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University of Michigan lecturers postpone strike, continue bargaining

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A union that represents school employees at the University of Michigan postponed the strike that was scheduled for April 9 and 10.

Officials from the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) said they will continue bargaining for a new contract with the university.

“We are beginning to make progress at the bargaining table, thanks to overwhelming support of LEO members, students, tenure track faculty, University Regents and other allies,” said LEO President Ian Robinson, a lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “We have not yet achieved our goal of a fair and reasonable settlement that recognizes the contribution lecturers make to the University and to our students. Thanks to widespread support and solidarity, we feel empowered to keep bargaining for the coming days and weeks for the truly outstanding contract we all deserve.”

The union represents 1,700 faculty members in almost every department on the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

The minimum starting salary for a lecturer is $27,300 at the Flint campus, $28,300 at the Dearborn campus, and $34,500 at the Ann Arbor campus.

The union said it’s a pay scale that is lower than nearby community colleges and public schools.

“This is not sustainable. Low pay and high turnover among classroom instructors is unfair to students who pay top-drawer tuition at a top-ranked school,” Robinson said.

LEO has proposed a $60,000 minimum salary for the Ann Arbor campus and equal pay increases at the other campuses.

The current contract will expire on April 20.

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