Part-Time Instructors Say Late Paycheck And Disrespect Led To Forming Union At Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Kelly O'Leary, a part-time English and French instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, says it only took one bad September for her and her part-time instructing colleagues to decide they'd form a union.

O'Leary says it all started when she didn't get her first paycheck Sept. 15, the date she had been told she would be paid.

She said that until her colleagues started speaking out, she assumed she was the only person who didn't get a check.

"They changed the schedule to reflect an Oct. 1 pay date, but people had to scramble to figure out how to live a whole month without pay. Some people needed to get loans, things that had been scheduled needed to be canceled," O'Leary said.

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