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Once Again Eastern Michigan U Holds up Part-Timers’ Paychecks

In 2012, AdjunctNation.com reported that part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan were waiting up to three months for paychecks. The EMU Federation of Teachers said that the union, which welcomed part-time lecturers to its ranks for the first time in 2012, was “taking on the issue.”

In 2012 EMU President Susan Martin, who retired in 2015, apologized to the employees who’d had payroll problems, assuring them that the issue was being addressed.

“Please be assured we are meeting weekly to make sure this never happens again,” she said in 2012.

The Eastern Echo, the EMU student newspaper reported on Sept. 16 that once again part-time lecturers were protesting late paychecks.

Part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University rallied support at Pray-Harrold hall on Tuesday.

On Sep. 15th, part-time lecturers did not get paid, unlike tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, department heads, deans and EMU’s interim president and upper-level administrates. Part-time lecturers, of whom there are approximately 600, and who teach 40 percent of the credit hours on campus, will get paid on Sept. 30.

The university adopted the new pay schedule during the summer of 2014. While they get paid on a different schedule, part-time lecturers still

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