For too long lecturers, who teach one-third of undergraduate courses at the University of California system, were treated shabbily. But a new contract gives them an average 30 percent pay raise over a five-year period., as well as four weeks of family leave at full pay plus other benefits (“Strike averted, UC lecturers gather to rejoice,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 18).
It’s long overdue because without them UC couldn’t possibly function. Tenured professors complain about their pay, but the truth is that lecturers carry so much of the load. Let’s hope the victory spreads to other colleges and universities across the country.
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