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Lecturers' Employee Organization ratifies new three-year contract

Members of the Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO) have overwhelmingly ratified the bargaining unit's second contract with the University. The three-year agreement, tentatively agreed to in June, will expire May 15, 2010.LEO represents about 1,300 lecturers and other non-tenure faculty who work full- and part-time on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.

"We are very pleased that LEO ratified the agreement," says Jeffery Frumkin, the University's chief negotiator. "The agreement includes both a renewed commitment to the principles established in the first contract, and changes based on the parties' experience over the past three years."

"The union is proud of the contract," says Kirsten Herold who is a lecturer in the Ann Arbor English Department and LEO's chief negotiator. "It clarifies language about job security, raises the floor for the lowest paid members, gives additional professional development support to lecturers, and provides additional flexibility to both lecturers and academic units."

The new contract includes salary increases for lecturers, higher minimum salaries for Lecturer I appointments and certain benefit enhancements for lecturers at all three campuses. Lecturer I and II are appointments primarily for teaching and related duties of assigned courses. The new contract also simplifies and clarifies some language from the bargaining unit's original 2004 agreement.

Returning lecturers on the Ann Arbor campus will receive a $1,200 increase to their full-time rates the first year, an average increase of approximately 2.5 percent. The full-time rate for returning lecturers on the Dearborn and Flint campuses will increase by 3 percent the first year. During the second and third years of the contract, lecturers will receive increases based on the average percent increase received by tenured and tenure-track faculty in the arts and sciences colleges on their respective campuses.

Minimum rates for Lecturer I will increase by $1,000 to $26,000 at U-M-Dearborn and by $1,500 to $25,000 at U-M-Flint. The minimum rate for a Lecturer I on the Ann Arbor campus will remain at $31,000 in 2007-08 and increase to $32,000 the second year of the contract.

The new contract calls for continued participation in U-M benefit plans over the next three years and enhanced benefits for Lecturer IIs, including access to long-term disability insurance and extended sick leave. Lecturer IIs with less than 50-percent appointments also will be eligible to receive contributions through the University's 403(b) retirement plan, in which U-M matches employee contributions of 5 percent of salary with a 10-percent contribution.

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