Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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

The university and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (AFT-Michigan Local 6244, AFL-CIO) have reached a new tentative collective bargaining agreement.

In a joint statement issued March 5 by LEO and U-M, representatives said both the university and the union negotiated in good faith in a very challenging and uncertain climate. The five-year agreement provides a compensation package for the more than1,500 non-tenure-track instructors on all three campuses. It also covers other provisions of lecturers’ employment.

LEO and the university have been bargaining since November. The current agreement expires April 20.

“We’re delighted to have reached this agreement and to continue U-M’s leadership in providing high-quality education to our students,” said Sheryl Edwards, LEO lead negotiator and a lecturer in political science at UM-Dearborn. “Both parties collaborated to improve the process of lecturer evaluation, which is great for us and for everyone we teach.”

Alexandra Matish, chief negotiator for the university, said, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that provides a fair salary and much needed flexibility in benefits, as well as continuing stability for lecturers.”

Details of the agreement will be released after LEO conducts a ratification vote.