UH leader agrees to fellows' demands after sit-in

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 3:34 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — The University of Houston's chancellor has agreed to higher wages for English department teaching fellows after they staged a sit-in outside her office.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/YIaxjU ) that Renu Khator committed $1 million a year Monday to improving salaries of some graduate students, in response to a protest by many of the roughly 70 teaching fellows in the English department. The fellows are currently paid $9,600 to $11,200 a year to teach freshman composition classes. They haven't gotten a raise in 20 years.

Khator says in a letter to faculty and staff that she is sympathetic to the issues raised by the fellows.

She also agreed to a review of the university's English department.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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