Link: Why and How to Submit a Merit Increase Request (PDF file).
SO WHY IS LEO DOING A MERIT CAMPAIGN?
1. There is a strong contractual basis for lecturers receiving merit increases, in spite of what members are told.
The LEO UM contact mandates a set of annual and major review raises. In addition, it states very clearly that all lecturers are eligible for merit or equity increases: "In addition to A.2., above [the annual increases], the Employer may increase an Employee's full-time salary rate based on merit, or equity, or retention considerations. Such increases will be effective on either September 1st or January 1st." (Article XV, A. 7, p. 81 in the current contract). Thus it is simply not true when a Dean or Department Chair tells a lecturer that the LEO UM contract prevents him or her from awarding merit, equity, or retention pay to lecturers.
2. There is a strong historical precedent for lecturers receiving merit increases.
Before LEO formed in 2003, in LSA in Ann Arbor Lecturer IIIs (the equivalent of today's Lecturer III/IVs) were eligible for merit increases. Unfortunately, different departments responded very differently: in some departments lecturers routinely received merit raises, while in other departments, all raises above the bare minimum went to tenure-track faculty alone. Nevertheless, the college policy was that Lecturers were eligible for merit pay, and dozens received merit pay every year.
Since the LEO contract, LSA has largely discontinued the practice. However, a few colleges have continued to award merit raises to a number of Lecturers, notably the College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business.