University of Michigan: ‘Noticeable uptick’ of COVID cases on Ann Arbor campus
University of Michigan asks students to test for COVID-19 before going home for holidaysANN ARBOR – Cases of COVID-19 are trending upward again at the University of Michigan. In an update on Tuesday, U-M officials reported a “noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases among U-M affiliates, including undergraduate students, graduate students and non-students.”School officials noted that the trend is in line with a general increase of cases in Washtenaw County. Students at the university now account for 15% of the total cases in the county. The number of positive cases more than doubled last week with 157 positive tests compared to 60 the week prior. A total of 26 students are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of COVID, compared to March 24 when 8 students were in quarantine.
U-M: COVID cases increase, now account for more than 60% of cases in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR – Although COVID activity in Michigan and across the U.S. has been trending downward, cases at the University of Michigan continue to rise. The majority of cases are associated with students, said university officials in their Tuesday COVID update, and U-M cases now make up for 62% of all cases in Washtenaw County. A rise in cases means that campus case investigators are “significantly strained.”Since Sunday, U-M has confirmed 26 new COVID cases on campus. During the week starting Feb. 7, U-M reported 352 new cases -- it’s highest weekly case rate since the week starting October 11, when new cases stood at 409. School officials continue to urge the U-M community to continue to get tested, even if no symptoms are present.
University of Michigan graduate students accept school’s latest offer, end strike
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Members of the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) voted Wednesday to accept the University of Michigan’s latest offer regarding issues of mutual concern and end their strike. The university and GEO union announced the strike end Thursday morning. “GEO said its members would return to their duties beginning this morning,” reads a statement from the university. At our largest general membership meeting to date, 1,074 GEO members voted to accept the university’s offer, 239 members voted to reject, and 66 abstained. GEO members and supporters now return to our regular work duties.
Striking University of Michigan students hold press conference, elaborate on anti-policing demands
Maren Spolum and Dr. Hannah Maier from Public Health will speak on the public health implications of GEO's demands. pic.twitter.com/qcTi6pZ3Ns — GEO at U-Michigan (@geo3550) September 16, 2020U-M postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology Hannah Maier and public health doctoral student Maren Spolum each spoke on the public health implications of GEO’s demands. She discussed how policing is related to public health and how data from DPSS supports GEO’s demand to disarm police on campus. Addressing the U-M’s claim that some demands are not bargaining items, GEO member Sasha Bishop went over each of GEO’s anti-policing demands. Bishop elaborated on why the student unions' demands address the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Undergraduates protest, march in support of striking University of Michigan students
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Friday, undergraduate students at the University of Michigan voiced support for graduate students and resident advisors on strike through a solidarity protest and march. More than 250 undergraduates and members of Students Demand Representation, a U-M student activist organization, listened to speeches given from the steps of the Michigan Union about labor unions and the safety of university workers. After the speeches, undergraduate students marched through downtown Ann Arbor and across campus to join those on strike and to support U-M Dining employees who staged a walkout last week. On Monday afternoon, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel said through video that the university has taken legal action against the strike. According to University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, the move includes a “temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the union strike.”More University of Michigan strike coverage:
Graduate students: Strike at University of Michigan will continue until demands are met
GEO members are calling for the university to help make the campus safer amid the pandemic, requesting U-M to increase and randomize COVID-19 testing. A U-M student who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 visited the Moore Building on Sept. 1-4. GEO members say the strike will continue until their demands are met. The university stands ready to continue discussions with GEO so that all students are able to continue their studies without further interruption. Related: Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine amid surge of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases
University of Michigan graduate students continue strike after rejecting university’s offer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Graduate student instructors at the University of Michigan will continue their strike after rejecting an initial offer from the Ann Arbor university. A proposal by the university to end the strike was supported by GEO leadership, but members ultimately rejected the university’s offer saying that it did not meet their demands. “Membership decided by an overwhelming majority that the university’s offer did not constitute continued progress on these demands,” the release states. GEO members have been on strike since Tuesday, Sept. 8, protesting the university’s return to in-person learning. On Thursday, the university released a more detailed response to GEO’s demands after its offer was rejected.
University of Michigan residence hall staff strike, demand increase in coronavirus protections
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Residence hall staff at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have gone on strike over what they say are insufficient coronavirus protections. The strike, which started on Tuesday, Sept. 8, is happening alongside a strike by U-M graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants protesting the universitys return to in-person education. However, we have reached a breaking point, the release states, noting that communication with U-M Housing has been slow and ineffective. We will not be patronized and pushed around by the University of Michigan anymore. Related:University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campusUniversity of Michigan steps up COVID-19 testing to 3,000 weekly tests with new program
Graduate students who teach launch strike at University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Graduate students who teach classes at the University of Michigan were on strike Tuesday over in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. The Graduate Employees' Organization, which represents more than 1,000 instructors, has called for a four-day strike. The vast majority of classes at the University of Michigan have shifted to online but the union said the university isnt doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The university is preparing to continue operations, including classes, in the event of a strike, he said. Related: University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campus
University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campus
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigans Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) will begin striking Tuesday to protest the universitys return to in-person education amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. GEO represents graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants at U-M. The organization voted in favor of the strike on Monday, according to a tweet posted by the group -- one week after classes resumed on campus. The University of Michigans Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO) said Monday that the COVID-19 testing plan is inadequate, and that they support GEOs decision to strike. The university also created a COVID-19 dashboard that provides updates regarding cases of COVID-19 on the Ann Arbor campus.