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U-M Lecturers' Union Wants New Deal With University Before May Expiration Of Current Contract

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The union representing Lecturers at the University of Michigan have submitted a petition to the university supporting it's bargaining platform ahead of contract expiration in May.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more.

Only two months remain until the contract expires between the University of Michigan and its lecturers.  Negotiations began in January, and, last week, the Lecturers' Employee Organization members submitted a petition to reinforce their position. 

Ian Robinson is a lecturer and President of the Organization.

“We hope that we can wrap up bargaining, and I believe this is the goal of the administration as well, by the end of April. We’ve always gone past April in the past, so it’ll be a great new thing if we’re actually able to resolve this by the end of April this time around.”

The next major target for impact is June, when the university secures its budget and striking is not off the table.

U-M's Office of Public Affairs acknowledges the contract expiration and that talks are ongoing but made no further comment.

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— Heather Irvine is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her studio@wemu.org

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