The University of Michigan’s got about 15 hundred unhappy lecturers to deal with.
Non-tenured faculty from the University of Michigan's three campuses want a bump in pay, to put them on par with their tenured colleagues.
Lila Naydan is a spokesman for L.E.O. – the Lecturers Employee Organization. She notes lecturers make about half what tenured professors do per course.
"For all intents and purposes", she says, "these faculty are the same. So I have my PHD. I publish articles. I go to conferences. Even though my position doesn’t require that I do these things, but I’m just paid for the teaching component."
Naydan added graduate employees share similar concerns. "I think LEO members feel real solidarity with GEO members – Graduate Employee Organization members…and they’re in this struggle with us, we demand fair pay from the University of Michigan."
Naydan says L.E.O. will continue their push through contract talks.
A U of M Spokesman says its policy is to not comment about ongoing negotiations.
- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom