HOUSEKEEPING ALERT

Hello, loyal LEO Matters Blog followers!

It’s spring cleaning time!

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You may notice that you get several emails today with “new” blog posts. These are simply bargaining updates from past bargaining sessions that we wanted to be sure were logged and linked here, in the list of bargaining dates and locations.

All of these have previously gone out as emails, but not all had found their way to the blog yet. Now that we’ve done some spring cleaning, they have.

Stay tuned for NEW posts coming as soon as we’re back from break!

–Your LEO Communications Team

Bargaining Update, 1/12

Another bargaining session, another frustrating day at the table. In a nutshell, management is saying NO to most of our proposals—even proposals that would benefit students, the administration, other faculty, and our members at no cost!

They aren’t demonstrating that they’re taking us seriously with these moves. How do we makethem take us seriously? We have to increase pressure on them constantly, and the way to do that at this point is to get bodies in the room. We show up, en masse.

Join us this week (January 19, Palmer Commons) to express your support for a really good contract.

So, what kind of “beneficial for all” proposal did Administration say “No” to recently? One example of was our proposal that all schools and colleges should conduct a vote (no later than Winter of 2019) on whether to give lecturers governance rights, as stipulated in the Regents’ Bylaws.  They also unbelievably denied our proposal that lecturers must be listed on department websites and physical signs as faculty members (rather than listed as staff or not at all). How many more times should we have to listen to their long explanations about how such a basic sign of recognition and respect somehow does not belong in our contract? Let’s nip that in the bud by showing up, en masse.

We did make some limited progress on our proposal to clarify how lecturers may request disability accommodations.   On our side, we presented a proposal expanding and tweaking the Collegiate Lecturer awards to more explicitly include LIIs – who are included now but rarely win them, due to the criteria favoring IVs.  We also proposed an MoU about what happens when a Lecturer I or II is doing the work of a Lecturer III or IV for more than two years (hint: they are reclassified into their proper title). How do we communicate that we are dead serious about these perfectly reasonable demands for respect? We show up, en masse.

Most proposals are in management’s court at this point (i.e. we made the most recent proposal).

This Friday, we start at 9 am hearing their benefits proposals. We have proposed various improvements, including these:

∙         Expanding benefits eligibility to those who average 50% for the year, so folks don’t keep going in and out of benefits eligibility

∙         Paid benefits during a one-year unpaid leave for long-serving lecs

∙         Childcare benefit

∙         Enhanced parental leave, especially for recently hired lecturers who don’t qualify for long-term sick pay.

∙         Summer benefits bridge for those who were first hired in winter, who have a confirmed appointment for the following fall

They will take us seriously when we keep increasing the pressure. When we show up, en masse. Stop by bargaining this Friday to show your support for these proposals. Once again, 4th and 6thfloor of Palmer Commons, Ann Arbor is where the action is; we start at 9 or soon thereafter and usually end about 5 PM. Stopping by at any time during the day to demonstrate your support would be great. And LEO will be hosting a Welcome Back Social & Bargaining Update this Friday after bargaining.

Let’s show them how serious we are.

–LEO Bargaining team

Bargaining Update, 1/26

LEO Bargaining Update for January 26, 2018:

The weather was unseasonably warm at bargaining last Friday, and your bargaining team took advantage. A group of us made several vigorous loops around the track outside Palmer Commons at lunchtime. We needed the fresh air to clear our heads while grinding out a few partial Yeses and hearing plenty of Nos in our negotiations with management.

We moved closer to finding agreement on our proposal for disability accommodation. The latest counter proposal from management recognizes our core concern that Lecturers seeking disability accommodation should have recourse to a university official independent of their direct supervisor. This proposal will especially benefit newly-hired Lecs concerned about protecting their privacy when submitting an accommodation request in an unfamiliar workplace.

The administration granted our proposal to require that academic units publicly list all Employees, no matter how part-time, on the department web site, as they now do for tenure-track faculty. This proposal is about ensuring basic respect, and it is unfortunately necessary since we have departments who now exclude Lecturers from the public directory of faculty members (or list them as staff!).

However, the administration rejected many of our proposals.

Most significantly, they said NO to our proposal to move more part-time Lecs into fulltime positions by requiring academic units to offer new courses to current or laid-off Employees before they post for outside hires. As usual, they struck out everything without much explanation. But given the importance of this issue to so many of our LIs—who make up almost half of all LEO faculty!—we will continue to advocate for it strongly.

The administration also said NO to our demand to give Lecturers a vote and voice in their departments. They said NO to our proposal to eliminate the practice of units defining posted LIII positions so narrowly (we think deliberately) as to disqualify current LIs and IIs from applying.

Despite some NOs, our strategy is working! Last Friday, 68 Lecturers packed Palmer Commons. Many of them attended bargaining for the first time.

Next week, on Friday, February 2, we will again meet at Palmer Commons on Central Campus from 9am to 5pm; we bargain on the 4th floor in one of the Great Lakes rooms (see signs!), and caucus/ discuss in Boardroom 4 on the 6th floor – so if we are not in one, we are in the other, all day!

The administration will respond to our proposals on Appointments, Layoffs, and Performance Review, parts of the contract that affect every Lecturer.

Let’s all of us show up and demand more. We’re worth more.

–Your Bargaining Team

Yes, We Can! How Lecturers AND Allies Can Build Power

The time to act is now.

This is our best shot to get a #faircontract4lecs. We CAN build the power to do it – here’s how.

Even when you don’t feel brimming with time and energy, even when your personal bandwidth seems narrow and clogged, you can still help LEO to claim the compensation Lecturers have deserved, continue to deserve, and will keep deserving for decades.

We invite Lecturers and allies to check out our Power Building Toolkit. This toolkit contains materials and instructions for how you can spread the word about our fight for a fair contract and help us build power within the university and larger community. Our asks are simple but make a big difference.

Link to sign up for the LEO listserv? You’ve got it!

Brief but action-packed PowerPoint presentation? You’ve got it!

Pithy but potent flyer for students and similar potential allies? You’ve got it!

A letter template to customize and send to tenure-track faculty? You’ve got it!

Access to brilliantly eye-catching door signs for days? You’ve got it!

Although none of us can do it alone, we sure as hell can do it together.

-John F. Buckley

LEO Publicly Responds to Admin’s Insulting Salary Counter in Pre-Regents’ Meeting Press Conference

Sitting down to write this post, our first instinct is to be wary of the fact that we’ve given you a lot to digest lately.

Maybe you’re tired of hearing that while undergraduate tuition has gone up approximately 90% in the last 14 years, lecturers’ salaries have increased by only 11%.

Maybe the mere thought of being told, again, that because salaries for lecturers are substandard, many of our members have to work two or even three jobs to make ends meet. Imagine (if you’re not!) being one of the lecturers in the position of working two or three jobs after dedicating yourself to years of education, teaching, and professionalization.

Maybe you’re over hearing that the revenue WE generated in 2016-2017 by tuition for the credit hours we taught, according to the University’s own audit, was $462 million. And that only $85 million of that went to our ENTIRE bargaining unit’s wages and benefits. Yes. That leaves $377 million the U is sitting on, earned by us. In a U with a 10.9 BILLION DOLLAR endowment. You read that right: Billion.

We’re exhausted and over it, too–NONE OF THIS is OK. And surprisingly, not as many people know it as you’d think.

So we held a press conference just before the Regents’ Meeting this past Thursday the 15th, where LEO president Ian Robinson presented our case again, and LEO lecturers Anita Baxter Blough (Flint) and Rabindar Subbian (Ann Arbor) told their own stories of struggling to make ends meet while continuing to preserve excellence in teaching for their students.

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To amplify our calls for fairness, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian and UM tenured professor Heather Ann Thompson came back to town from Boston–where she is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History–to add her voice to ours. Heather’s statements are available in full here, but one thing she said regarding the tired argument admin drags out that we get paid what the market will bear should be pasted all over the university: “If you aspire to be ‘the leaders and the best,’ then you don’t follow the market – you create the market.”

One more time: “If you aspire to be ‘the leaders and the best,’ then you don’t follow the market–you create the market.”

So yeah, we’re tired of all of these numbers, too. But it’s time to leverage that exhaustion and turn it into righteous anger as fuel which, as one of our members said last week is ” a good fuel, burns clean.”

What can I do, you may ask? Well, you can:

  • Talk to everyone who will listen (and maybe shout at some who won’t) about these numbers and these conditions.
  • Come to bargaining and demonstrate by your very presence that this will not stand.
  • Pick up a #RespectTheLecs button and wear it every day until we get a contract.
  • Hang  a “WorthMore” poster on your office door and ask your tenure track and staff allies to do the same.
  • Sign a petition expressing your support for a major job action in the event that admin doesn’t come with a real offer.
  • You can run this slideshow in your classrooms as you’re setting up before class starts, or closing down after.
  • Send people to our Power Building Toolkit for more ways to support us.

It’s time to rally our strength, build numbers every single day, and get the contract we deserve, not the contract some faceless, soulless “market” can get away with.

We’re #WorthMore!

–Shelley Manis & Angie Liao

Ian Robinson’s Remarks at Pre-Regents’ Meeting Press Conference, February 15, 2018

Thanks for joining us

  • My name is Ian Robinson. I’m a Lecturer in the Residential College and the Sociology Department here at the UM-AA.   I’m also the President of LEO, the union of NTT faculty on the three campuses of our university.
  • We’re here to talk about the finances of a multi-billion-dollar university – and the personal finances of the lecturers who teach here.
  • We have new information about the university’s budget, and the large gap – in the hundreds of millions of dollars – between what lecturers produce for this university and what we are paid.
  • We’re going to hear from two of our members, Anita Baxter Blough and Rabinder Subbian. They’ll share with you how the substandard pay offered by this world-class university affects them and their families.
  • We’ll also hear from one of our tenure track colleagues, Professor Heather Ann Thompson. She’ll discuss how lecturers contribute to our students and our university.
  • In case Heather is too modest to tell you herself, I’ll tell you that she is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History. She is exactly the kind of voice we need to hear when we talk about scholarship, service and the commitment to teaching we need to remain a world-class university.

UM Lecturers are essential to the teaching mission of the University. That’s why we say: “Respect the Lecs.”

  • LEO represents 1,700 full and part-time lecturers on the Ann Abor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
  • We carry a large share of the teaching load
  • 33% of undergraduate credit hours in Ann Arbor
  • 51% in Flint
  • 56% in Dearborn
  • This is not a temporary solution until the University hires more tenure-track faculty. This University has decided to hire lecturers to provide a substantial share of undergraduate teaching.
  • They have also decided to underpay us.

Minimum salaries for lecturers in our current contract:

  • $34,500 in Ann Arbor
  • $28,300 in Dearborn
  • $27,300 in Flint
  • Those are full-time annual salaries, not per semester.
  • Many of our members earn less than these minimums, if they do not have full-time appointments

Over the last 14 years, salary minimums on our largest campus, Ann Arbor, have increased by just 11%. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index – our measure of inflation – rose 26.5%, and student tuition rose by 90%!   So Lecturers’ starting salaries have been seriously eroded by inflation.

Over the same 14 years, the average full-time rate for Lecturers – a number that captures the experience of long-serving Lecturers, many of whom have taught here for decades – rose by 38.9%. That’s less than 1% per year after taking inflation into account – basically, stagnation. 

University of Michigan students are paying top dollar for their education. But they’re not receiving the kind of instruction they deserve.

  • Because salaries for lecturers are substandard, many of our members have to work two or even three jobs to make ends meet.
  • That means less time and energy we can devote to our students – and that’s not right.

Students know low pay for lecturers affects them – and they are supporting us.

  • Students at all three campuses understand that our working conditions are their learning conditions.
  • I’m very proud to say that the student body presidents from all three campuses have signed a letter to the Regents, supporting our proposals for higher pay.
  • Anushka Sakar, who is student body president here in Ann Arbor, will be discussing this issue with the Regents today.
  • We’re also very proud to have the support of Katie Oppenheim, who is president of the Professional Nurses Council, representing nurses at UM Hospital.

Lectures produce far more revenue for the University than we receive in salaries from the University

You have a handout on this, and you can also see the numbers in this chart:

  • According to the University’s audited financial statement, the credit hours taught by lecturers produced $462 million in revenue in 2016 and 2017.
  • The cost of our salaries and benefits that year was $85 million.
  • That means our work generated $377 million in surplus revenue for this University.
  • $377 million dollars!
  • Our bargaining proposals for fair and reasonable pay raises would not use up all or even most of this annual surplus. Not even close.
  • The University of Michigan has a $10.9 billion endowment – and hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus generated by our labor every year.
  • This university can afford better pay for lecturers.

Benchmarks: From Harvard to Washtenaw Community College

  • As a benchmark for what Lecturers are paid in a university that we like to compare ourselves to and compete with, at Harvard
    • The starting salary for FT Lecs in History & Literature – not a highly paid unit relative to most others – is $54,100 – that’s 57% higher than the UM-AA equivalent
    • The average FTR for all Lecs at Harvard is $92,105 – that’s 47% higher than the UM-AA equivalent
  • Harvard is a very rich university; what if we move to the other end of the spectrum and compare ourselves to full-time instructors at Washtenaw Community College
    • No FT WCC instructor starts at less than $56,000 a year – that’s 62% higher than the UM-AA equivalent
    • And twice or more the minimum salary for our members in Flint or Dearborn
  • To be clear, we have great respect for our colleagues at WCC, who are also union members.
  • We’re glad they earn a full-time wage that allows them to devote full-time attention and energy to their students.
  • As you may know, many students complete an associate degree at WCC and then enroll at UM to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • As a teacher, I’m glad to know that if a student coming from WCC takes one of my classes, he or she has been prepared for upper-level college work by faculty who are paid a full-time wage and can devote full-time to their jobs.
  • But it makes no sense to put that student in a University of Michigan classroom where the Lecturer – like many of my colleagues – is paid much less and, as a result, has to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.

The university’s response to our proposals is totally inadequate. In fact, it’s insulting

  • On Monday of this week, we received a response to our proposals for substantial pay raises from the University administration.
  • Their offer is totally inadequate and cannot be the basis for settlement of a new contract.
  • They offered miniscule pay hikes that will not make up for ground lost to inflation over the last 14 years, let alone get us to the point where our salary matches our contributions to this university.
  • Frankly, our members were insulted by this pitiful offer. We are more determined than ever to win fair pay and good working conditions.
  • We’re fighting for better pay for University of Michigan lecturers because it’s right for our members. It’s right for our students. And it’s the right way to sustain and maintain this university as a world-class institution.

I now want to introduce one of our members from the UM-Flint campus, Anita Baxter Blough.

Bargaining Update 2/16

On the heels of Monday’s outrage, the LEO bargaining team and lecturers supporting us in the room managed to channel our fury into frankness. While the room was polite, team leaders expressed opinions and arguments more candidly and without as much sugar coating. In case you missed it, you can find Kirsten’s closing statement from Monday night here, and below is a gem from that:

 

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But before we get to that, a shout-out to the departments that have been consistently bringing the heat via visible lecturer presence: Romance Languages and Literatures, English Language Institute, Stamps, and Sweetland Center for Writing. This isn’t to say that many lecturers from other departments haven’t been showing up, but the four listed above have been truly stalwart. We celebrate everyone who comes, and we’d love to celebrate you and yours!

On to the business. Today we worked on Appointments (XI), which we discuss below, as well as Layoff & Recall (XII), Professional Development (XXIV), and a couple of MOUs, which we’ll talk more about when we make more progress over the coming weeks.

We started the day by returning our counters to admin’s most recent Appointments proposals. First, we returned our original language about supporting departments’ ability to grant lecturers more prestigious  working titles–explicitly, Teaching Professor (at units’ discretion). We frankly stated that being unwilling to grant the title of Teaching Professor runs counter to the U’s professed desire to recruit and retain the best talent. We continue to work toward finding more reasonable remediation processes. For example, while we accept that at times another major review following a successful remediation may be necessary and/or advisable, we propose leaving that decision to the units, rather than the administration.

After lunch we heard from three witnesses in direct response to the offensive salary “proposal” offered by admin on Monday–two students, one lecturer. Recent graduate Neala Berkowski  gave an extended version of her address to the Regents from last month, directing her comments to the admin bargaining team, she repeated her claim, “Lecturers bend over backwards for their students and you literally give them scraps.”  Hoai An Pham, fourth year RC student who set up a change.org petition in support of our demands, drew an unambiguous line in the sand when she promised, “Without lecturers, our university stops. And student allies are willing to stop this university until our lecturers get paid.” Andrea Cardinal, a lecturer in Stamps, spoke about the value her work as a professional artist and designer provides to her students–whom she doesn’t want to leave, even though she could reap significantly more as a freelancer than the fruits of our reasonable salary proposals.

Finally, Bob King, lecturer in the RC, in a follow-up to Kirsten’s closing statements on Monday, addressed how both low pay and low job security were significant issues that the admin would be morally wrong to ignore. He reiterated the anger and outrage we all felt on Monday, and pointed out that while we know the admin bargaining team doesn’t “hold the purse strings,” and that nobody “wants to be angry with you individually,” he exhorted them to pass on the multiple stories they’ve been hearing in bargaining to solicit their superiors for real offers.

Altogether, these witness testimonies exemplified LEO’s newly galvanized spirit of candor in the bargaining room. We hope to see you there next week, pen in hand, steel in heart. Palmer Commons, 4th & 6th floors, 9am.

–Your bargaining team

 

[OUR RESPONSE TO ADMIN] This is not business as usual. The exploitation of Lecturers cannot continue.

On Monday, February 12, University of Michigan administration finally came to the bargaining table to give Lecturers a counterproposal on our salary ask. Administration’s proposal for alleviating the extreme economic burden that Lecturers bear – despite their vital contribution to the core mission of the university – was absolutely pitiful.

The response from Kirsten Herold – LEO’s Vice President, Contract Administrator on Ann Arbor campus, and bargaining team manager (i.e., Superwoman) – made it clear to administration’s bargaining team that this disgraceful treatment of Lecturers cannot stand. Read the transcription (created by LEO’s bargaining team notetaker, staff organizer, and laid-off Lecturer Alex Elkins) of her blistering, incisive response below. And remember as you read: We will get what we are organized to win. We’re mad, and we need to show up and declare as loudly as possible that we will not accept this. Let’s do it together.

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KH: All right, we’re not gonna thank you for your proposal. As far as we can tell your basic argument is you’ve exploited us for so long, you’re gonna keep exploiting us. You’re actually exploiting us more.

As I noted in my opening statement, in the last fourteen years, the salary minimums have gone up 11% in Ann Arbor, 14% in Dearborn, and 18% in Flint – and in that time period tuition has gone up about 90 percent. That means every year you make more money from our work. Our undergraduate students can expect to make much more than us – their first job offer is more than you pay us.

You talk about the market and what it can bear but there’s a lot of different ways to talk about the market. Universities have created the market. You turn out PhDs and then say we’re not gonna pay you. It’s completely disgusting. The numbers you gave us, the people here are insulted. Members who have – all they want to do is make $40,000 before they retire. Members cannot afford to have children. Members cannot afford to buy a home because under these salaries they can’t pay off their student debt. You bank on every year hiring 300 new people, a lot of turnover, and you bank on the fact that a lot of the people who stay long-term, they have a spouse who makes more money. You’re like Walmart — you’re expecting other area employers to subsidize your poor employment practices.

I’m going to respond to the specific pieces of your proposal.

You say minimums should go up. We agree with you on that. They need to go up a lot more than you offered.

As you put the annual raises, people will lose ground on their annual raises.

As far as long-term Lecturers, your statement that we’re not interested in equity adjustments and longevity raises, there are so many things you’re not interested in. It’s astonishing. Last time we bargained, you said you’re not interested in our proposals twenty-one times. People are literally losing money every year. We need to signal to you that wherever we end up on salary, long-term raises for people who’ve been here a long time will be part of the final package.

We’re gonna leave now. We’re not giving you Article XI. We’re extremely angry. This is not business as usual. That’s it.

[Lecturers stand up in unison and walk out]

Regents 101: Your Participation is Essential

Show Up! 

When: Thurs. Feb 15th: Grade-In (1-3pm); Press Conference (3:00PM-3:30PM); Regents’ Meeting  (3:30-5pm)

Where: The Anderson Room of the Michigan Union

WhyAfter a shameful salary counterproposal from the UM administration on Monday 2/12, it is time to RESPOND.

On Thursday, February 15th, our Lecturers and supporters will hold a Grade-In (1-3pm), Press Conference (3:00PM-3:30PM), and then attend and speak at the U of M Regents’ meeting (3:30-5pm) in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. We invite you to join us.

The Regents must see us and our allies and learn about the injustices suffered by lecturers and the unwillingness of the administration’s bargaining team to agree to meaningful changes in our contract. IF WE WANT TO WIN A FAIR CONTRACT, WE MUST SHOW UP AND BE HEARD BY THESE DECISION-MAKERS. There is no shortcut here. If we don’t do our part, we cannot expect the Regents to speak up for us.

Who are the Regents?  

Here is a bit about the 8 UM Regents, as taken from their website:

The University is governed by the Board of Regents, which consists of eight members elected at large in biennial state-wide elections. The president of the University serves as an ex officio member of the board. The Regents serve without compensation for overlapping terms of eight years. According to the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Regents have “general supervision” of the institution and “the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds.”

What to expect at a Regents meeting

Regents’ Meetings follow an agenda that is made public a few days before the meeting Here’s the agenda for 2/15. It is normal for individuals and community members to address the Regents during the “Public Comment on Agenda-Related Items” part of the agenda. Look at their website where it says:

As a part of their regular monthly meeting agenda, the regents will set aside time for the purpose of enabling individuals to address the board. It should be understood that the board will not necessarily respond to such comments, since they may require study and recommendations on the part of the others at the University”

Meeting Schedule

Here’s the schedule for Thursday:

Call to Order

  • President’s Opening Remarks
  • Presentation: Annual Research Report
  • Public Comments on Agenda-Related Topics
  • Regular Business Agenda
    • We address the board at the end of public comments.

To recap:

On Thursday, February 15th, LEO members and allies will address the Regents to inform them about the shameful salary proposal the UM bargaining team offered this week. Come and go as your schedule allows. Wear your LEO T-shirt or button (we’ll have plenty for members and supporters). Ask your students and other allies to show up and support us.

You just need to show up.

For more info and to RSVP, visit the LEO Facebook event.

 

 

 

Call to Lecturers’ Allies: Administration’s Salary Proposal is an Insult to Us and You

Are you ready to fight for UM Lecturers?
On Monday night at 7:30PM, the University of Michigan administration let us know what they think of the work that Lecturers do for this institution. They let us know what they think of the $462 million in tuition revenue that the university makes off the labor of Lecturers every year. 
 
Tonight we received the University of Michigan administration’s first counterproposal on salary.
 
The minimum salary for full-time Lecturer work at the university is currently $34,500 in Ann Arbor; $28,300 in Dearborn; and $27,300 in Flint. These salaries are at least $10,000 below a living wage in Washtenaw County for any single- or dual-parent household with children. 
 
Since we began bargaining on October 27, 2017, the university’s bargaining team has heard from Lecturers who work 60 hour weeks, driving Uber in order to survive. They have heard about Lecturers who cannot afford to have children, or to ever dream of buying a home because they are paid such abysmal wages. 
 
Administration began their proposal by telling us that Lecturers cannot complain about this exploitation because with the current job market, they are more or less disposable. Here’s what they think we deserve:  
 
$1,000 increase in salary minimums in 2019, $750 in 2020, and only $500 in 2021. They actually proposed $500 as a legitimate salary increase. No longevity or equity raises for Lecturers who have worked at UM for 20 years, who can only hope of making a $40,000/yr salary by the time they retire. They think that in Ann Arbor, Lecturers should receive only a 1.5% annual raise. Outrageously, they insinuated that Lecturers are not faculty by suggesting that in Dearborn and Flint, annual raises should be “tied to ‘faculty’” – by which they actually mean, tenure-track. 
 
Our members are stunned, insulted, and outraged. In the past 14 years, Lecturers have seen a 11% overall raise in minimum salary. In that same time period, tuition has increased roughly 90%.  
 
This treatment of Lecturers is morally unjust. Is this who we are as a university and community? We need to tell administration NOW that no one is going to accept this.We need any ally in this community who thinks this is wrong to show up and help us amplify that message. Whether you are a student, a graduate student, university staff, or someone who just lives near one of the University of Michigan campuses, your presence matters and it is urgently needed this week.
 
1. REGENTS’ MEETING
This Thursday, February 15, Lecturers will be showing up to the meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. The meeting is in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union (530 S. State St). We will be staging a grade-in starting at 1:00PM and speaking at the meeting itself, which starts at 3:30PM. The more people who can fill the hallways and the meeting room in LEO shirts and buttons the better. Show up at any point between 1:00PM-3:30PM to grab a shirt and button and express your support, and try and get in the room if you can to attend the meeting itself. 
 
The Facebook event for this action is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/162367887749501/
 
2. ACTION LISTSERV
Whether or not you can attend the Regents’ meeting, we’ll need your help and solidarity for the rest of this contract campaign (our current contract expires on April 20). We’re creating an action listserv for people to stay up to date on moments when their presence will be critical. We’ll never spam you or use your contact information for anything besides keeping you updated on our fight for a fair contract. 
 
If you support a just contract for Lecturers, let us know here: bit.ly/act4lecs 


3. SPREAD THE WORD
This information needs to reach every member of our community. Spread this post to any and all listservs you’re in touch with. Tell your friends. Post on social media (#respectthelecs). The university administration should be ashamed to exploit labor so readily. Let’s make their greed and immorality public knowledge.