Protesters rally for job security, benefits, compensation for lecturers

November 18, 2015

Photo credit: Jennifer Tanji

Photo credit: Jennifer Tanji

By Austin Weinstein

Outside California Hall on Wednesday, approximately 100 lecturers, faculty members and students rallied to push the University of California to accept their proposals for lecturers’ job security, benefits and compensation.

That same day, the lecturers’ union, the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, or UC-AFT, held a bargaining session with the UC Office of the President at the Clark Kerr Campus.

Protesters sang songs, led chants, made speeches and read spoken-word poetry to express their dissatisfaction with the university’s treatment of lecturers.

Lecturers are nontenured faculty who work on contracts from one semester to two years in length, which are negotiated by the UC-AFT and the university. The UC-AFT is amid contract negotiations that have persisted throughout the year.

The protest began at noon with a speech from campus history lecturer Robert Chester, who said, in reference to the insecurity of lecturing appointments, that “for the welfare of the students and the faculty, the university must make the humane treatment of lecturers a priority.”

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[Source]: Daily Californian

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