Notes from the 2013 LEO Convention

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mug 10yrs(Also see the letter to LEO members by President Bonnie Halloran.)

The LEO Annual Membership Convention convened on the UM-Dearborn campus on Saturday, October 26.

Brief Minutes:

  • --Played the LEO Trivia Game as an ice-breaker.
  • --Celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a toast and account of our many accomplishments.
  • --Table groups reviewed and revised draft document of "LEO Goals 2013-18."
  • --PAC, Communication, Finance, Organizing & Grievance Committees all presented plans.
  • --Table groups reviewed and revised committee plans for 2013-18.
  • 2014 LEO Budget was finalized and approved.
  • --Lunch and awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Elizabeth Axelson
Lifetime Achievement Award - Jan Worth
Outstanding Grievance Officer (Dearborn) - Barb Matthei
Sprit Award - Lila Naydan
True Blue Award - Ranjanpreet Nagra

The Strategic Plan will go through one more revision process on November 19th & 20th, at our Membership meetings.

All members attending the convention received a handsome mug commenorating the union's 10th anniversary!

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LEO members vote to approve the 2014 budget.



LEO celebrates its 10th anniversary

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LEO members, friends and family gathered at Kensington Metro Park on Saturday, September 21, 2013, to celebrate the union's first decade. The picnic began under gray clouds but sunshine soon prevailed. Good food and warm fellowship were enjoyed by all.


Photo by Bonnie Halloran


Photo by Beth Hay


Photo by Bonnie Halloran


Raises announced for Dearborn and Flint

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Annual raises for Lecturers will be 2% at UM-Dearborn and 2.5% at UM-Flint. The raises are effective September 1, 2013.  

Under the terms of the current LEO-UM Collective Bargaining Agreement, Dearborn and Flint Lecturers receive the average annual percentage increase (if any) of the tenured and tenure-track faculty on their respective campus. For Ann Arbor Lecturers, annual raises are specified in the contract for each year, and there is no raise this year. Ann Arbor Lecturers will receive a 1.5% annual raise in September 2014, 2% in 2015, 2% in 2016, and 2.75% in 2017.

In addition to the percentage increases, the full-time salary rate for Lecturers on all campuses will increase by $200 in September 2015 and September 2016. 

Lecturers passing a first or second major review also receive a 7% pay increase.


LEO Move!

Written by Beth Hay. Posted in News

newfrontdoorLEO will move a half block closer to Central Campus in Ann Arbor over the summer. While the new office provides very similar spaces as the old—big room for membership meetings, a conference room, a kitchenette, and two smaller offices for the daily functioning of LEO and GEO—there will be a major cost-saving for both unions. We will take occupancy on July 16. Please drop in to see our new office then!

The new LEO office is easy to find—we're just up and across the street from our old location. You'll find us on the third floor above Mani Restaurant in the building on the NW corner of East Liberty and Division. Our new front door is on Liberty between Mani and the clothing store, Ragtop. We'll share the third floor with the Ecology Center and a few other tenants. The office is wheelchair accessible. Parking is plentiful in the underground city lot across the street, accessible on Fifth Avenue near the Federal Building and Ann Arbor Public Library.

New LEO address (July 16 occupancy date)—339 E. Liberty, Suite 340, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. All other contact information will remain the same.

Pictured: LEO Business Manager Brenda Brown and Chief Organizer Janella James in the front doorway of the new office.




Lecturer wins teaching innovation prize

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Antonio (Tony) Alvarez, Lecturer I, School of Social Work, UM-Ann Arbor, is among the 2013 winners of the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP).

“The five creative projects developed by faculty demonstrate effective ways to inspire students and engage them in learning,” Provost Phil Hanlon says. “The collection of innovative teaching projects that faculty are pursuing across the university is impressive.” 

Read more: Five honored for teaching innovations, Kevin Brown, The University Record.

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