February 10, 2022
Welcome to the Feb. 10 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope you enjoyed the unusual bout of warm weather yesterday ahead of another snowy weekend.
This week the University launched the search for a new president, some Ann Arbor Starbucks locations began serving up their coffee with an extra side of workers’ rights, Michiganders will no longer pay a 6% sales tax on menstrual products and more.
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The University of Michigan Regents announced the official start of the search for a new University President, kicking it off with a Presidential Search Committee meeting later this week. The committee is looking to replace former University President Mark Schlissel, who was fired in January for an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Read on to learn more about the committee and the executive search firm in charge of finding a new president.
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Employees at three Ann Arbor Starbucks locations, including those most heavily frequented by students, voted to unionize on Friday. The employees said a lack of employee autonomy and unfair working conditions contributed to the decision. Read more to hear from Ann Arbor’s Starbucks employees about their letter to the Starbucks CEO. “Starbucks prides itself on being a leader in ethical business practices while refusing to pay its employees what we are worth,” the letter reads. “It is insulting that our hourly wage is equivalent to two standard drinks when we regularly make hundreds of drinks in an hour.”
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Michigan will no longer place a 6% sales tax on tampons and other menstrual products. A bipartisan bill signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer removed the tax as part of a greater effort to make menstrual products more accessible. Learn more about the cost this sales tax previously placed on menstruating Michiganders and the importance of increasing accessibility to sanitary products.
COVID-19 cases on campus are on the decline as the outlook “continues to show signs of sustained improvement,” according to the University COVID-19 Dashboard. The percent positivity rate currently sits at 2.3%, and quarantine and isolation housing is at 4.9% occupancy, both down from last week.
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