Monday, May 15, 2017

EMU new part-time lecturers rally in protest of pay cut Monday.

Roughly 40 Eastern Michigan University new part-time lecturers participated in a rally in front of Welch Hall on the EMU campus in Ypsilanti Monday afternoon, May 15. The rally began at 4 pm and was scheduled to continue until 5 pm.  According to EMU AAUP President Judith Kullberg, "The administration is continuing to propose in the current EMUFT contract negotiations that new-part-time lecturers will take a 25% pay cut. This would mean that new lecturers hired to teach in the fall of 2017 would be paid only $900 per credit hour", according to Kullberg.

The goal of Monday's rally was to send a strong message to the administration that faculty is demanding higher wage for lecturers.

Rally participants carried signs with statements including, 'Right to a fair contract', and 'I believe in fair pay, Health care Job security.' Rally participants also chanted, "Well paid teachers, Not stadium bleachers."

Jeff Brown
editor & publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
EMU lecturers rally Monday. Purple Walrus Press photos.

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