Members of the Temple Association of University Professionals assembled outside the school's new library, chanting, "Universities are not businesses!"
Union President Steve Newman said his 2,500 full- and part-time instructors want more job security, child care benefits, and pay raises. The union is proposing 3 percent raises, with 1.75 percent merit raises. So far, Newman said the university has not proposed any raises in base pay.
"What we're not comfortable with is having nothing across the board," he said. "We have never signed such a contract, and we never would."
Newman said the union is not planning any job action right now.