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Lecturers vote in favor of employee organization

Non-tenure track instructional staff at the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses voted last week to make the Lecturers Employees Organization (LEO) their sole bargaining representative with the University. The votes were counted April 29 and the election results are expected to be certified by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

The union will represent about 1,300 lecturers and adjunct professors on the three campuses. A total of 631 votes were cast for the union, and 135 against. Some 51 ballots were not counted because they were spoiled or challenged.
The union will represent about 1,300 lecturers and adjunct professors on the three campuses.

Jeffery Frumkin, assistant provost for academic and staff human resources, said both the University and LEO now are making preparations to begin bargaining, but negotiations over a new contract are not likely to begin until late summer or early fall. The bargaining teams may get together over the next few weeks to discuss various transition issues.

"We're now in a transition period," Frumkin said. "Current practices will continue until bargaining produces some new decisions." Department heads should consult first with Academic & Staff HR Services if they are planning any significant changes to their current practices or plans, he said. Departments on the Flint and Dearborn campuses should consult with their respective provosts.

Lecturers and adjunct faculty still should be comfortable asking their department chairs and unit directors for information about their employment, Frumkin said. "But the existence of a collective bargaining relationship means there will no longer be individual negotiations over the terms of employment," he said.

The LEO is affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Teachers, as is the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) representing about 1,600 graduate student instructors. GEO was certified in 1974.

The Academic Human Resources office can be reached (734) 763-8938. The LEO can be contacted at (734) 995-1813.

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