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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 . . . .

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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!

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Join LEO Today!

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If you're ready to join LEO, get the authorization form, print it, and follow the directions to complete it and send it in today.

If you aren't ready yet, read on!

LEO was founded in 2003 and has successfully concluded two Collective Bargaining Agreements with the University (the most recent in 2007). Gains include improved job security, annual wage increases, promotional raises, expanded benefits, and an excellent grievance procedure, all to benefit the University's non tenure-track faculty in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.

Before LEO, only a minority of lecturers received annual pay increases. Now every lecturer does.

LEO grieves lack of merit raises

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Citing a "consistent, deliberate, across-the-board refusal" to grant merit raises to Lecturers, especially in the liberal arts colleges, the union has filed a grievance seeking to remedy the problem. The grievance asserts that the employer's behavior violates Article XV of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which permits salary rate increases for merit, equity or rentention considerations. 

Lecturers among those honored for innovative teaching

Written by LEO. Posted in News

Two lecturers are among the five UM faculty to receive this year's Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize. 

Jill Halpern -- Lecturer IV in mathematics, Comprehensive Studies Program, LSA -- developed Calculus in the Commons, enhancing "students' motivation, understanding and retention of the material."

Lisa C. Young -- Lecturer IV in anthropology, LSA -- restructured a Museum Anthropology course to include digital interaction with the Hopi community of Arizona.

The winners will be honored on May 4. The university community is invited to meet the innovators at a 9-10 a.m. poster fair and breakfast buffet in the Davidson Winter Garden at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Bonnie Halloran being honored

Written by Jim Admin. Posted in News

Bonnie Halloran, LEO president and an AFT Michigan Vice President, will receive the Father Kern Medallion Award at the Kern Foundation's annual dinner on May 14. Father Kern was the long time pro-labor leader of Holy Trinity in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. He did tremendous work for immigrants and others in need of support and assistance.

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