Bargaining to continue on salary

Written by LEO. Posted in News

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.


March 1st bargaining locations

Written by LEO. Posted in News

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.


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.


LEO members hold grade-ins

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annarbor gradeinDonned in bright yellow LEO t-shirts, Lecturers graded piles of their students' quizzes, papers, and exams to showcase just one aspect of the multifaceted and crucial work they do for undergraduate students at UM.

University administrators bargaining a fourth contract with LEO have offered zero percentage raises to Lecturers working in Ann Arbor. 

Elizabeth Axelson, a Lecturer in the English Language Institute (ELI) on Ann Arbor's UM campus, said she was in attendance at the grade-in because she "want[s] a fair contract for Lecturers" including "a well-deserved pay raise and union security." Her ELI colleague, Judy Dyer, echoed her sentiments, observing that "Lecturers need a fair contract now. That's why I'm here: to remind the administration that we're absolutely essential to the University's educational mission. Students need us and the administration should respect us."

Additional coverage:

Taking a stand by sitting in. The Michigan Journal (UM-Dearborn).

University of Michigan Lecturers Hold Grade-Ins in Opposition to Zero Percent Raises. LEO Press Release.


Contract Now Rally

Written by LEO. Posted in News

Rally & March to the Regent's Meeting

February 21, 2013
Where: Steps of the Michigan Union
When: Rally @ 2:30, March to Regents meeting @ 3pm

We will be delivering our Contract Now poster to the regents!

More informaton.

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