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Halloran wins re-election

Written by LEO. Posted in News

Long-time LEO president Bonnie Halloran has won re-election in the first-ever contested election for the union's top office. Halloran received 66% of the votes cast to defeat challenger David Skrbina.  The ballots were counted Tuesday evening by the LEO Election Committee.

Those who won uncontested elections to LEO's Union Council were as follows:

Vice-President --Kirsten Herold

Treasurer-- Rick Robinson

Secretary -- Elizabeth Axleson

Ann Arbor Co-chair – Rob Sulewski

Dearborn Chair – Sheryl Edwards

Flint Chair – Laura MacIntyre

One of the two co-chairships in Ann Arbor remains to be filled.

LEO wins national awards for communication

Written by Bonnie Halloran. Posted in News

ribbonOnce again, LEO has garnered awards for excellence in communication from the American Federation of Teachers.

AFT has notified us that LEO has won six Communications Awards:

  • 1st Place Print Periodical, 3rd Place Layout - LEO Matters (Issues 20, 21 & 23)
  • 1st Place Print Non-periodical -"Treating UM Lecturers Fairly" (Bargaining Brochure)
  • 1st Place Editorial - "Governance before Shared Services" (Joint LEO/GEO Op Ed in Michigan Daily 11.17.2013)
  • 2nd Place Photo or Illustration – Fighting RTW in MI State Capitol, LEO Matters (Issue 20)
  • 2nd Place Video – "Respect" Flash Mob. View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxYaNN6vvQY

Special thanks to Lila Naydan, Melanie Manos, Jamie Jones, Beth Hay, Judy Dyer, our entire Communications Committee, our GEO friends, and all who danced in our "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" VIDEO.

LEO wins AFT-Michigan PAC award

Written by LEO. Posted in News

pac award 2014At the AFT Michigan convention on May 17, LEO was recognized for the "Most Improvement in Collection of PAC Donations since the 2012 election cycle." Collectively, LEO members increased the dollar amount of their donations by 77%.

"Special thanks to the members of our Political Action Committee, who designed a campaign to double the number of members making donations and double our donation level," said LEO President Bonnie Halloran.

LEO members can still help the committee to reach those goals by donating to AFT MI PAC.  "If we do not change the partisan political make-up of state government, we will continue to see more anti-union and anti-public education legislation and court decisions," Halloran said.  "Please donate now: http://aftmichigan.org/pac/index.html."

Study finds faster rise in student debt, use of low-wage faculty at public universities with top-paid execs

Written by LEO. Posted in News

IPS--One-Percent-State-Universities-InfographicMichigan and three other Big Ten schools land in the "Top 5 Most Unequal Public Universities"

The One-Percent at State U, a report originally published on May 18 and revised May 21 by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), concludes that student debt and use of lower-wage contingent faculty rose significantly faster than the national average at the 25 public universities with the highest executive pay.

Based on the analysis, the five worst offenders are Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Minnesota, and Delaware. [Editor's note: in its original report, the IPS mis-identified the University of Washington as the fifth most unequal.]

The report ranked Michigan's main campus as sixth highest in executive pay among U.S. public universities for the years 2006-2012.





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