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EMU Lecturers Hold Sit-In On Campus During Union Contract Negotiations

Apr 20, 2017

Matt Cooper, Vice-President of the Lecturers Union, outside the president's office on campus. Behind him are lecturers taking part in the sit-in.
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Part-Time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a sit-in outside the university's president's office to protest possible cuts reported by their union.

Eastern Michigan University's Federation of Teachers released a statement saying that EMU wants to impose a 25% pay cut to all new part-time lecturers.  As they negotiate a new contract they're also asking for medical benefits and a pay raise for current employees.  Some make less than fifteen thousand dollars a year.

Flyers with a photo of EMU President James Smith were posted around Welch Hall after Smith was not in his office Wednesday morning. An EMU spokesperson said he was in meetings.
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Matt Cooper is the vice president for the Lecturers' Union.

“They’re able to find money to do a new sports complex, to renovate it for $35 million, but they’re asking us for a pay cut?” Cooper says.

An EMU spokesperson said the university does not comment on current negotiations.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu