By Bria Brown

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.

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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.

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“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.

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

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