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The History of Merit Pay and Lecturers

Judy Dyer with Kirsten Herold

LEO Matters: Kirsten, was there merit for Lecturers before LEO’s first contract?

Kirsten Herold: Well, in LSA in Ann Arbor there was merit pay for those in the old Lecturer III positions (current LIIIs/LIVs). They were eligible to compete for merit pay from one of two sources: the A funds, which were departmental merit funds, or from the C fund, which were from the Dean’s office and were awarded for really exceptional achievements. The situation was similar in the . . . .


Introducing LEO

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Lecturers' Employee Organization
Local 6244 AFT Michigan, AFL-CIO

LEO was formed in 2002-2003 to promote the work-place interests and well-being of non tenure-track faculty at The University of Michigan. The local is run by its members, and seeks both to enhance their professional status and their contributions to quality public higher-education at Michigan and beyond.

The local represents approximately 1,500 lecturers on the University's three campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint), and is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFT Michigan, and the AFL-CIO.

LEO members ratified their first collective bargaining agreement in 2004 and their latest in 2013.  As a result of their united efforts, LEO lecturers have made significant gains in salary, job security and professional recognition. They have also formed a new and vital community of educators across the three campuses. 

Are you a UM lecturer in Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint who has not yet joined LEO? Consider joining today!

Read more about who we are.

O'Grady settlement reached

Written by LEO. Posted in News

On Wednesday afternoon, LEO reached an agreement with the University that maintains Michelle O'Grady in active employment status with income through August, pays for her health insurance, enables her to reach eligibility for retirement, and facilitates her application for disability. There are still some details to be worked out regarding what happens after September 1, but the agreement is a huge step forward and a big win for Michelle and LEO.

LEO's Ian Robinson named Unionist of the Year

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Congratulations to long-time LEO member and activist Ian Robinson, who was recognized as Unionist of the Year at last week's Michigan AFL-CIO Convention. Ian had been nominated for the honor by the LEO Union Coucil, based on his his tremendous work over the last year as President of Huron Valley Central Labor Council.

As the newly serving president of the Huron Valley Central Labor Council, Ian has led a powerful resurgence of this Council. Thanks to relationships made through our activities in the AFL-CIO Washtenaw Community Action Team, he was able to pull new locals and internationals into the CLC more than doubling active membership. Under his leadership, the HVCLC has held several organizing retreats for members of the participating locals, with the goals of increasing the organizing skills of participants. Ian is also actively working to create and nurture the relationships necessary to the eventual merging of Michigan’s CLCs into nine chapters.

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