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GEO breaks off negotiations on contract extension

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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.

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LEO-UM reach tentative agreement

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FLASH -- Dearborn, MI. At 11:30 a.m. today, the Lecturers' Employee Organization and the University of Michigan administration bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement on a contract for the approximately 1500 lecturers teaching on the three UM campuses -- Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.  Details to follow.

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Bargaining to continue on salary

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LEO caucus 3-1-13

A crowded LEO caucus at Palmer Commons, March 1, 2013. Photo by Beth Hay.

On Friday, March 1, LEO-UM contract negotiators inched closer to an agreement after a long day at the table.  Negotiations began in the morning at Palmer Commons, and continued into the night at the Lurie Engineering Center.  

Predictably, the remaining sticking point is salary.  See LEO Weekly, #11 for more details.  

Bargaining is expected to resume on Tuesday, March 5, with time and location to be announced.

UPDATE: Bargaining on March 5 will take place at UM-Dearborn, starting at 9:00 am, in Fairlane Center North (FCN),  19000 Hubbard Drive, just east of campus.  LEO caucus room: 116 FCN.  Bargaining room: Quad F.  

Map to Fairlane Center, Dearborn.

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March 1st bargaining locations

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LEO-UM bargaining on Friday, March 1, 2013 will begin about 9:00 a.m. in Palmer Commons, Ann Arbor.  If the bargaining goes on past 5:00 p.m., as is anticipated, the location will shift to the Lurie Engineering Center on the North Campus.  See the March 1 Flyer for maps.  More details will be provided on this web site as they become available.

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Speaking up for fairness

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Bonnie puts finishing touches on LEO petitionLeft: LEO President Bonnie Halloran putting finishing touches on the union's poster petition to the UM Board of Regents. Below: Halloran's remarks to the Regents.

President Coleman, Regents, and other senior administrators:

My name is Bonnie Halloran and I am president of the Lecturers' Employee Organization, the union representing 1600 Lecturers at the University. We teach thousands of students every semester, and we are outstanding in the classroom.

We are currently bargaining our fourth labor agreement. We have worked together with the administration and have already signed several tentative agreements, but there are two major issues where LEO requests your support. The first is compensation and the second is health benefits for part-time Lecturers.

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