Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

U-M, lecturers’ union reach tentative agreement
on new contract

U-M and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.

In a joint statement issued by LEO and U-M, negotiators say the agreement provides a fair compensation package for the 1,445 non-tenure-track instructors on the three U-M campuses. It also clarifies the appointment process and performance evaluations for lecturers.

LEO President Bonnie Halloran calls the agreement another successful step forward for the LEO membership. “We believe this agreement improves the job security and financial situation of our members,” Halloran says.

Jeffery Frumkin, associate vice provost and senior director of academic human resources, says the tentative agreement was consistent with the university’s long-term personnel goals. “The agreement provides a fair salary and continues the university’s commitment to provide increasing stability for lecturers,” he says.

Details of the agreement will be released after LEO conducts a ratification vote, expected in early September. The current LEO three-year agreement expired May 15. The tentative agreement was reached Friday afternoon.

Kirsten Herold grievance resolved

In a separate announcement, the university and LEO say a grievance concerning LEO Vice President Kirsten Herold has been resolved. The resolution was reached independent of contract negotiations.

LEO and the university released this joint statement:

“The Lecturers’ Employee Organization and the University of Michigan are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of the grievance concerning LEO Vice President Kirsten Herold. Dr. Herold will continue to work at the university as a communications specialist in the Career Center.”