When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

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Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas Kostrzewa, president of the Professional Instructors Organization (PIO), the part-time faculty union at WMU. WMU’s 675 part-time faculty members taught 1,742 courses in 2012, but their pay lags behind many other Michigan colleges and universities, the PIO said. It’s about “fairness,” said marcher Hedy Habra, who […]
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