Temple University announced Tuesday that it has restored the health insurance benefit it cut for striking members of the graduate student workers’ union.
But the university didn’t say anything about restoring tuition remission for the strikers, who have been asked to pay up by today. Temple’s cutting of their health and tuition benefits drew national media attention.
Temple University Graduate Students’ Association (TUGSA) members have been on strike for better pay and benefits since Jan. 31. Negotiations between it and the university resumed Tuesday and continued Wednesday.
“Because of the good faith effort shown by TUGSA, we are pleased to report that immediately, we will reinstate health-care subsidies for striking TUGSA members,” Ken Kaiser, Temple’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.
TUGSA didn’t provide an interview Wednesday, though members online contested the notion that it hadn’t been acting in good faith before.