LEO membership ratifies new three-year contract

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The union representing 1,700 lecturers on all three University of Michigan campuses has overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract with the university administration.

According to information shared with the university Sept. 19 by the Lecturers’ Employee Organization, members of the union voted 660-23 with two abstentions to ratify the contract.

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Overall, the contract will result in a 15.8 percent increase in the median lecturer salary across all campuses over its three-year term.

The agreement increases the minimum salaries for lecturers on the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint campuses by $10,000 by the end of the contract, achieving minimum-pay parity — $51,000 — across the three campuses, a key objective of the union.  

In addition to eliminating the difference in minimum salaries among the three campuses, the new contract also addresses “leapfrogging” concerns about the salaries of long-serving lecturers to stay ahead of newer lecturers, adds longevity pay to the contract and provides significant annual increases on all three campuses.

The contract also covers other provisions of lecturers’ employment including layoff, benefits eligibility and sick pay.

The contract calls for annual salary increases of 2.25 percent, 2.75 percent and 3.25 percent across all three campuses.

LEO and the university administration began bargaining in January. A tentative agreement was reached Sept. 13.

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