The University of Michigan is reporting that five campus unions have ratified recently negotiated tentative agreements. In addition to LEO, the agreements are with AFSCME, GEO, House Officers Association, and the Michigan Nurses Association. All the agreements run for either four or five years, and were ratified ahead of the so-called Right-to-Work law's activation. See Campus unions ratify new collective bargaining agreements, University Record, 27 Mar. 2013.
The Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Lecturers' Employee Organization and the University of Michigan administration has been ratified by a majority of 93.5% of valid ballots. The ballots were counted late Thursday afternoon at the union's office in Ann Arbor. The agreement is for five years. It goes into effect upon the union's notification to the University of a successful ratification vote.
As Republicans in Lansing push legislation to cut 15% from the Wayne State and University of Michigan budgets because the institutions signed labor agreements ahead of the imposition of the so-called right to work law, LEO President Bonnie Halloran spoke to the Detroit News, calling the proposal "outrageous."
Editorial: GOP lawmakers show insulting hypocrisy over Wayne State contract. Detroit Free Press. 19 Mar. 2013:
We're tempted to laugh pretty hard at GOP lawmakers in Lansing, haughty as they are in their disgust for an eight-year collective bargaining agreement between Wayne State University and its professors. It stinks when political opponents use legal technicalities to skirt democratic intentions, doesn't it, guys?
From The Michigan Daily:
With right-to-work legislation that severely limits the ability of unions in Michigan to organize within workplaces coming into effect on March 28, members of the Graduate Employees' Organization decided to walk away from negotiations with the University after claiming the University's bargaining team wouldn't budge on its proposed salary cuts. Instead, the union will take its chances bargaining next year when members have the option not to pay dues under the law.