By Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan returned to classes Thursday after voting to end a strike.

The Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents about 2,000 students who teach or assist, said it achieved “critical progress” on child care options during the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 testing protocols and concerns about campus police operations.

The vote Wednesday was 1,074-239, the union said. The strike began Sept. 8.

The deal ends legal action taken by the university, which sued this week to try to end the strike.

“By withholding our labor, building coalitions, and making our power impossible to ignore, we forced the university to give us an offer with substantive progress toward a safe and just campus,” the union said.

Graduate student Ryan Glauser wasn’t impressed.

“Many people are wondering what exactly was offered to end” the strike, Glauser tweeted. “Honestly, not much. UM threatened to break our union with financial levers if we didn’t accept their garbage.”

The university said the strike disrupted many online undergraduate classes taught by graduate students.

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