November 21, 2022

Happy Monday! After a brief taste of winter this weekend, temperatures will soon rise as the week of Thanksgiving and the Rivalry Game close out the month. After eking out a 19-17 win over the Fighting Illini, the Michigan Wolverines have their sights set on a Columbus win — the first time the two teams are clashing with undefeated records since 2006. 

Before we dive into the news of the week, as Thanksgiving approaches, we want to first thank our loyal A2 Outlook subscribers for your consistent readership. We are incredibly grateful for everything you do to make this town so special. 

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Starbucks workers protest in favor of unionization outside the State and Liberty St. Starbucks Thursday. Lucas Chen/Daily.

SUPP❌RT STUDENT J❌URNALISM: The Wolverines aren’t the only ones hoping to repeat last year’s triumph in The Game: The Michigan Daily and The Lantern of Ohio State are competing in a rivalry fundraiser to cover each paper’s operating costs. Consider donating to support student journalism and beat Ohio State!

TURKEY TROT: The 16th annual Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will be held Thursday morning as runners traverse downtown Ann Arbor during the 5K race. A portion of proceeds will go to the ChadTough Foundation, a Saline-based nonprofit funding research into treating pediatric brain cancer.

GROUNDS FOR UNIONIZATION: Thousands of unionized Starbucks workers walked out Thursday morning as a part of Starbucks Workers United’s “Red Cup Rebellion,” including workers at the Main and Liberty, Jackson and Zeeb and Glencoe Crossing locations in Ann Arbor.

“Despite being the face of the company, Starbucks partners are underpaid, forced to run perpetually understaffed stores, and don’t have consistent schedules they can rely on,” the union, which represents over 260 Starbucks locations across the United States, wrote in a press release. “Starbucks’ continuous and lawless union busting has cast doubt on the future of the American labor movement.”

DEMANDS ON THE DIAG: Members of the University of Michigan’s Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) rallied on the Diag ahead of upcoming contract negotiations with the University for 2023-2026. Demonstrators aimed to highlight the union’s demands and show support for other major labor protests happening at the same time, including a work stoppage by 48,000 University of California academic workers. 

COUNTY BOARD COMPENSATION: The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution increasing the commissioners’ base salaries from $23,858 to $32,864. The board voted, 5-4, with proponents such as Board Chair and state senator-elect Sue Shink saying government employees deserve to make ends meet, according to MLive.

“It’s easy for people to grouse about public officials’ salaries, and the work is there to be done. If people are going to be doing it, it’s fair for them to get paid,” Shink said.

We value your opinion! Each week we will pose a question and share reader responses in the following edition. 

This week’s prompt: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Ann Arbor City Council votes to amend its speaking rules” … The Michigan Daily

Rockin’ for the Hungry returns to Ann Arbor on Giving Tuesday” … ClickOnDetroit

Dear Santa: Holiday mailbox to return to Ann Arbor’s Main Street” … ClickOnDetroit

Adenovirus cases increase on UMich campus, Ernst urges caution” … The Michigan Daily

Meet the Ann Arbor woman curating Wordle” … MLive

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