“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room.” -Chief Brody

Will this be it? The last bargaining session? If so, it’s time to rally, time to gather, time to come together and make one last, enormous show of support for a fairer, more equitable, and overall great contract for U-M lecturers!

I wrote a possibly lovely, arguably clever, yet certainly long-winded introduction to writing about the next regularly-scheduled bargaining session. But let’s not bury the lead too much: Next Friday, April 6, will mark the third and final OPEN bargaining session, running from about 10 AM until about 5 PM. It will NOT take place in Palmer Commons. Instead, bargaining will take place in the Michigan Room on the second floor of the Michigan League (911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. There’s also a MUCH-smaller Michigan Room in the Michigan Union on S. State St., but we’ll be at the Michigan LEAGUE.)

This may be the final bargaining session before LEO membership partakes in a major job action, so the agenda could be quite something! Events are speeding up!

Keep in mind that each open-bargaining session is a very big deal, perhaps most visibly on the University of Michigan’s biggest campus, in Ann Arbor. On open-bargaining days, more of us lecturers come. On open-bargaining days, we’re joined in the bargaining room by our allies who have “a direct interest in the working conditions of lecturers.”

We’re joined by our students who understand that we care deeply about teaching them, about being compensated enough to afford to keep teaching them here at U-M.

We’re joined by our tenure-track-faculty allies, our fellow educators.

We’re joined by our family members who rely on our hopefully-regular paychecks and benefits.

We’re joined by allies from fellow U-M unions, like the nurses’ union, which is also bargaining its new contract at this time.

On the last open-bargaining date, March 16, the number of attendees was around 250 — not a bad turnout! True, we had to order extra pizza to feed everyone. True, the fire code limited the number of chairs in the bargaining room and the number of people who could sit on each chair. True, also because of the fire code, a number of people had to stand or sit in the sixth-floor caucus room or the hall outside, at least until more chairs opened up in the fourth-floor bargaining room, Great Lakes Central* in Palmer Commons.

But ultimately, LEO truly generated a lot of visible, audible support on that day, just as it did in Dearborn on March 9, the first open bargaining day, and in Flint on March 23.

Again, open bargaining is a very big deal. So let’s take advantage of it! Invite your students! Invite your colleagues! Invite any U-M parents and/or alums that you know! This will probably be the last chance for many who care about the lecturers in their lives to watch history be made regarding the working conditions of U-M’s thousands of lecturers.

Let’s each fill a seat, get something to eat, and help support LEO to negotiate a contract that can’t be beat!

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* – According to the numbers I ran across, the Michigan Room in the Michigan League has a maximum capacity of 125, which is thirty-five fewer than Great Lakes Central. So don’t worry if you can’t stay all day. Plenty of people should be waiting outside to fill that seat! In fact, there’s a certain beauty to supporters coming and going in waves, like an ocean of well-wishing and witnessing, washing away at the shore…

Image: Kirsten Herold, captain of The LEO Bargaining Team, leads a caucus discussion during Ann Arbor’s first open bargaining session.

Two More Extra Bargaining Sessions

There will be two extra bargaining sessions next week, sessions which any U-M lecturer may attend. Both sessions will start at 4:30 PM and take place in Ann Arbor.

The first extra session next week will be on Tuesday, April 3, at the Administrative Services Building (home of Academic Human Resources), , on the southeast corner of Hoover. The meeting will probably take place in the South Room. (And if you attend, whatever you do, don’t touch the markers!)

The second extra session next week will be on Wednesday, April 4, on Central Campus somewhere — we’re hoping a place close enough for us to zip to and from the third Ann Arbor General Membership Meeting in the Ballroom of the Michigan League at 6:00 PM. Once again — go to extra bargaining at 4:30 somewhere, hustle to the League ballroom by 6, and then go back to the first place at 7ish to wrap up bargaining for the day. Keep your eyes peeled on social media (Facebook, Twitter, this blog) to discover the location of “somewhere,” once this location has been determined.

LEO members, we each still play an important role in demonstrating the frankly impressive levels of support and interest that have marked this bargaining campaign. Let’s keep coming to bargaining, even on these weird off days, especially insofar as they fit our schedules better than the regular Friday sessions. Let’s keep contributing to this collective endeavor, this perfect storm of opportunity! We can do it, together! Inch by inch. yard by yard, week by week, we ARE doing it!

A Wrinkle in Time: Now’s Your Chance to Attend!

As we head ever closer to the event horizon of the April 20 contract end date and its mighty gravitational pull, time simultaneously seems to shrink and dilate. Days that once held one meeting now squeeze in three or four meetings, maybe more, and feel much longer than before. And weeks formerly with one bargaining date now contain two or three bargaining dates. In short, the process of negotiating a complex contract by two parties representing very distinct interests both obeys and apparently transgresses the laws of physics.

But I teach in the English department and understand poetry better than space-time, so I could be wrong.

What remains undeniably true is that as we approach April and the prospect of a major job action, the schedule of important events fills up faster. Over the next few weeks, there really will be additional, ad-hoc bargaining sessions to resolve both non-economic and economic issues. Lecturers, we need to be at these sessions, too! Perhaps especially those who haven’t been able to attend Friday’s regular sessions can now support the LEO bargaining team and pay heed to the ongoing negotiations on one or more of these extra occasions. Allies, we continue to appreciate deeply your interest in our professional welfare, and hope to keep seeing you during the regular times (10ish to 5ish) on Fridays, usually in the caucus room but in the bargaining room itself on April 6!

The first extra bargaining session will occur VERY soon, TODAY, Wednesday, March 28, in the South Room of the Administrative Services Building (1009 Greene St., at Hoover). There’s metered parking in the lot across the street, and parking for those of us with U-M stickers in the two lots behind the football stadium. Bargaining will start at 3:30 PM and proceed until an undetermined time in the evening. The front doors should remain open till 5 PM.  As we enter, we’ll head right through the double doors and be directed by a receptionist if we see no LEO people to guide us. Let’s get some lecturers’ eyes and ears in that room! Why not yours?

Next week, extra bargaining is expected to occur on two days, Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4, also in the late afternoons and evenings. Locations for both days TBD. Note that Wednesday’s session may occur both before and after the third, strikingly important General Membership Meeting in Ann Arbor (6:00-7:00 PM in the Ballroom (Floor 2) of the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.)!

tl:dr — Extra bargaining sessions kick off today at 3:30 PM at Academic HR and will continue next week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Money Talks. What is Your University Saying?

If you support a just contract for Lecturers, let us know here: bit.ly/act4lecs 

How do we as a community – Lecturers, students, graduate students, tenure track faculty, tax payers, etc. – make university administration realize that we will not accept anything less than an equitable contract for Lecturers?

On Friday, March 23, while bargaining at UM Flint, we received University of Michigan administration’s second counterproposal on salary in our contract negotiations.

They offered:

  • $2,000 raises to minimum salaries in 2019 and 2020
  • 2.25% annual raises over 3 years in Ann Arbor
  • No additional raises, such as equity adjustments for Lecturers already above minimums (even if just barely)

With this proposed salary package, Lecturers in Ann Arbor would only see salary minimums reaching $40,000 in 2021, the last year of the contract. Dearborn Lecturers would see a minimum of $34,000 by 2021, and Flint Lecturers would only reach $33,000 salary minimums in 2021.

Money Talks. This is what your university is saying.

You’ve heard these numbers again and again, but they just can’t be stressed enough. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Lecturers generated $462 million in tuition revenue for this university. In that same year, the university spent $85 million on salaries and benefits for all 1,700 Lecturers and their dependents. That means the university made a profit of $377 million off of Lecturers’ labor. 

You might have some questions. Questions like: 

How does it make sense to spend $15 million on a new clubhouse for the golf course (check out the notes from the last UM Regents’ Meeting), and offer $33,000 full-time salaries to members of a group responsible for generating $462 million in revenue?

If the university has one President and one Board of Regents, why does administration continue to use the idea of artificial “silos” between all three campuses to justify paying lower wages and directing fewer resources to Flint and Dearborn campuses?

If the university loves to use statistics from the Flint and Dearborn campuses to boost the appearance of diversity across the university, why is there no DEI money allocated to Flint or Dearborn campuses to SUPPORT those students?

But of course, the biggest and best question is…

Students have stood behind us every step of the way. We had 120+ allies with us at open bargaining on March 16. We have nearly 1,300 signatures on the petition started by students and other allies. At this point, the university administration’s disrespect for Lecturers is ALSO extreme disrespect for every person who has stood up so far to say: I want my teachers to be compensated fairly. I want my tuition to go toward my education. I want my tax dollars to prevent the exploitation of labor. I want my colleagues to receive the respect I know they deserve.

…So, how do we make university administration realize that we as a community – Lecturers, students, graduate students, tenure track faculty, tax payers, etc. – will not accept anything less than an equitable contract for Lecturers?

Great question. We have to keep putting the pressure on. We have to show that our community is behind Lecturers until the very end. Here’s how:

1. Sign up to join us on our picket lines in solidarity at leounion.wordpress.com/petitions. Having allies sign up for picket shifts A) helps us to make our presence constant and unmissable on our campus in the event of a walkout, and B) helps demonstrate the kind of solidarity power we have in our community.

2. Attend the LEO Talks to the UM Regents’ Meeting and Grade-In THIS THURSDAY, 3/29, 2:00PM-3:00PM at the Michigan Union. At our last grade-in at a regents’ meeting, we had over 75 allies come out to show support. Can we double that number this week, in light of another miserable counterproposal on salary from administration? See details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1970825376514922/

3. Attend our next and last open bargaining session on Friday, April 6 (location TBA).

4. 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.

Ballots & Meetings & Walkouts, Oh My!

Time to Vote!

As of Sunday, March 25, an electronic ballot has been sent to all union members in good standing, asking whether to authorize the union leadership to propose a major two-day job action. These ballots will be accepted until noon, Wednesday, March 28.

Depending on the results of the electronic ballots, we will hold a third, even more crucial round of General Membership Meetings during the first week of April.

  1.    The Flint GMM #3 will be on Monday, April 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM;
  2.    the Dearborn GMM #3 will be on Tuesday, April 3, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM;
  3.    and the Ann Arbor GMM #3 will be Wednesday, April 4, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

All locations are currently TBD, so keep checking your email and LEO social media!

At these third General Membership Meetings, we will vote on taking a major job action on Monday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 10. (Although this job action has been called a “walkout,” it goes far beyond walking out of class to gather outside for a few minutes! It will be a widespread, all-day affair on all three campuses on both days.)

Time to Sign and to Sign UP!

Hundreds have already signed the petitions. Hundreds have already signed up for picket shifts, just in case we commit to the job action. (Preparation is at least half the battle!) But we’d love to stand thousands strong. We want a mighty and lasting movement, not a valiant moment! If you haven’t already, speed over to https://leounion.wordpress.com/petitions/ to sign the walkout petition (lecturers), the Change.org petition (both allies and lecturers), and the picket-shift form (again, both lecturers and allies). We get what we are organized to win. Let’s get organized!

Bargaining Update 3/23: Some Movement on Non-Economics, but More Peanuts for Salary

For most people, peanuts are delicious. For most people, peanuts don’t trigger anaphylaxis. Most people can eat whole bags of them without gasping in shock.

Still, one cannot live on peanuts alone. And there was a lot of gasping in Flint last Friday because of them.

We began the day by delivering proposals on both of the packages management had delivered so far: Package A (a memorandum on articulating some sort of bridge between the I/II and III/IV tracks, as well as articles on appointments, layoff, recall, and performance evaluations) and Package B (agreements to help part-timers with appointments and benefits, plus articles on posting, benefits eligibility and plans, sick pay, modified duties, and unpaid leaves of absences). Our cover sheets often read, “We [LEO] accept your [management’s] language.” We accommodated and facilitated. We bargained in a spirit of compromise. And we made progress as management seemed to understand at least some of our concerns.

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The march and rally following the morning session rivaled the most recent Ann Arbor march in size and volume. People were fired up, and we learned to better appreciate how the situation of UM-Flint and its lecturers reflected the plight not only of lecturers on all three campuses, but also of the greater Flint-area community. We heard from a political candidate, fellow lecturers, and a representative from a sister union. The final speeches by Flint campus chair Stephanie Gelderloos and by Residential College lecturer Bob King particularly struck loud, resonant chords with the hundred-plus people gathered together.

In the afternoon, after another set of compelling testimonials from lecturers, management presented their long awaited second counter to our salary proposal, now packaged with provisions for professional development and DEI initiatives. They again figuratively tossed us peanuts, this time a double handful instead of a single one, but still not anything approximating a healthy diet of compensation for any LEO lion (or hardworking professional academic Wolverine).

More specifically, while management did agree to raise starting salaries for each new lecturer by $5500 over three years, it would be business as usual for current lecs on all three campuses, with annual raises tied to the tenure-track in Flint and Dearborn (usually between 2 and 3%) and 2.25% for Ann Arbor — just about keeping up with the projected 2018 inflation rate. There would be no additional raises for any current LIIs or IVs (and many LIs and IIIs). And they refused to even entertain the possibility of any kind of equity adjustment for long-time lecs. Management offered no cogent response when we openly asked, Why don’t you want us to make decent livings? Their rationale for the missing planks in their counterproposal was also somewhat less than compelling:

Admin: We believe the focus should still remain on annual increases and minimum salaries. That’s where the focus has been, and we feel it should remain there.

LEO: Why should it remain there?

Admin: I’ll have to get back to you. We feel that when we spend the money, that’s where the money should be.

LEO: We need to caucus.

And so we caucused. After taking a moment to gasp at the underwhelming provisions of the second counterproposal, those gathered in the bargaining room considered how to respond, eventually deciding to tweak a couple of packaged items while once again presenting our original salary proposal. We returned our slightly amended Package C to management once they returned to the room, giving them one more chance to do right by us.

But it’s not all up to management, far from it. It’s time for us — lecturers and allies alike — to ratchet up the pressure.

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So what do we do next?

  1. We need to display our strength in numbers at bargaining. In addition to the regular Friday sessions, there will be a number of extra ones (open to all U-M lecturers) squeezed in at odd places and times, since both management and we would like to wrap up negotiations before the spring/summer break. The first extra session will take place on Wednesday, March 28, starting at 3:30 PM, location tba. We are hoping to settle most of the remaining non-financial issues.  Keep checking social media (Facebook, Twitter, LEO Matters blog) for more up-to-date details about each upcoming extra session.
  2. On Thursday, March 29, beginning at 2:00 PM outside the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union, we will hold a grade-in to demonstrate our contributions to the university. Come join us! At 3:30, the Regents’ Meeting will take place inside the Anderson Room, where community voices will speak out, in favor of our ongoing campaign for a better, more equitable contract. Those who ultimately control the university’s pursestrings must see us and hear us!
  3. This coming Friday, March 30, the site of regular bargaining shifts back to Ann Arbor, back to Palmer Commons on the 4th and 6th floors, from roughly 10 AM to 5 PM. Although it won’t be an open session, so only lecturers will be allowed in the bargaining room (4th floor), allies are always welcome in the caucus rooms on the 6th floor, where we will meet, eat, and discuss proposals. This is another great opportunity to watch, listen, and otherwise bear witness to the truth! (Parents and guardians — there will be child care available!)

Let’s help shift a paradigm together! In short, let’s save the peanuts for the circus.

What does a 12+ year career at the University of Michigan-Flint look like?

We’ll be bargaining in Flint this Friday, with counterproposals from the University on salary. In this guest post, Stephanie Irwin-Booms, a Lecturer II at UM-Flint’s English Department reminds us why much higher salaries–and greater economic justice for lecs at all three campuses–will be a big part of any final contract that LEO signs on to. Be there on Friday to keep the pressure on!

It is sometimes hard to look at an experience with open eyes. When I think about my 12+ years at the University of Michigan-Flint, I am often only using one set of glasses: rose or pitch-dark.

Here is the view through the rose-colored classes. I have fond memories of my years at UM-Flint. The faculty and support staff are friendly and helpful. I have developed bonds that will last longer than my years as an instructor. The English Department faculty and staff helped me get 4 weeks off for the birth of my first son when it fell in the middle of a semester, as an emergency, two months earlier than planned. They also worked with me to get an online teaching schedule during the next semester when they didn’t have to do either. The University of Michigan-Flint allows me to support my family with medical and dental insurance. With a 7-year-old Autistic son, I have had to use all of my deductible several years running for his ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy. If I had a different insurance plan, I might have had to pay all of the cost out of pocket: instead of $3,000 in one year, it could have been $140,000.  I am the second longest running Writing Faculty member in our department, and I have plans to stay another 20+ years. Sometimes I end the story here. But this isn’t the whole story.

I started my time at UM-Flint in Fall 2000, before we had LEO on our side. I lost all winter classes three years in a row and was forced to drop UM-Flint as an option for several years. They were only offering me one or two classes in the fall, and I knew what that meant for the Winter. During those first couple of years, I felt disconnected from other employees and my department.

That did change in Fall 2006. I came back with 3 classes and had reasonable assurance that I would get classes in the Winter as well. As years went by, I wasn’t the instructor who got bumped anymore, and I built my reputation as a quality Lecturer. I have been a solid part of the Faculty since then, teaching a class during the summer as well. These changes were made possible because I was part of LEO.

I only took four weeks off when my first child was born, and I was even more calculating when I had the second. I planned for a summer birth, so I wouldn’t have to ask for time-off when it isn’t a guarantee for Lecturer I or IIs. I have always worked, so often the task of caring for my children fell on my support system: my mother-in-law and other close family. I know many who don’t have that option.

Today as a Lecturer II, I still make under $40,000 base pay after working for UM-Flint since Fall 2000. This means I have other part-time jobs to help me earn a living wage. I am the primary earner in my family, but my husband isn’t far behind. We both work what might be considered “overtime.” I have been an instructor for 7 colleges since I started my career in 2000. I have taught at over 20 different campuses in that time-frame as well. I am down to three now and have been for a while, but like many others, I stress over every semester and whether I will struggle to pay bills (including a student loan) and if I will be comfortable in my ability to balance my work life with that of a husband, 5 year old, and 7 year old special needs child.  

After my time at the University of Michigan-Flint, I see where we were and where we have yet to go. What do I deserve as long-running faculty member at a prestigious University? Will it be possible to be a Lecturer here and have that be my only job title? Can I do that and support my family? Will I ever move on to Lecturer III? Will someone value the education and hard-fought teaching experience I have developed in my career?

Bargaining Update 3/16: In Swahili, LEO Means “Today” AND We Got a Big Move!

Well, friends and colleagues, it was another record-breaking day at bargaining on Friday! At least 124 lecturers showed up, along with over 100 allies–including a LOT of undergraduate students, who spoke powerfully about their interest in our bargaining when they introduced themselves.

What these numbers mean: Talking with students and showing the quick PowerPoint (available with ideas for use in the Power Building Tookit) is working. Providing them with access to the LEO Blog and its Power Building Toolkit is working. Keep doing it, and urge your colleagues to do it as well!

We got some good movement on a major contract issue (benefits bridge–more on that in a minute), had a loud and lively march to the Diag and back, lunch with allies, and then more statements from allies and lecturers in the afternoon session.

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Photo Credit: Alec Below

Let’s talk major gains:

  • They’ve agreed to keeping lecturers whose appointments across fall and winter average 50% in benefits eligibility. Thus someone who is 66 or 75% in the fall and only 33 or 25% in winter would be eligible for benefits year-round.  
  • They’ve also agreed to expand summer benefits bridge for lecturers who had 50%+ for winter only, but who will coming back in the Fall with at least 50%.  

Here are some disappointments:

  • They rejected our proposal of a child-care subsidy.
  • They rejected our proposal of offering parental accommodation pay to non-birth parents.
  • They do not want to extend health care benefits to long-serving lecturers on discretionary leave (which would make taking such a leave much more viable).
  • They continue to deny departments the opportunity to give lecturers the working title of Teaching Professor.
  • They are unwilling to strengthen the optional choice to give additional courses to current part-time lecs, rather than hiring new part-time lecs.
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Photo Credit: Alec Below

As you may have heard, admin also delayed presenting their salary proposal until this week’s session in Flint. While it would have been nice to hear their offer with allies in the room, we hope that rescheduling it to the 23rd will mean more Ann Arbor and Dearborn lecturers will make the effort to show up in Flint this Friday.

Let’s be clear: the gains we’ve made have everything to do with the power we’ve been able to demonstrate thus far. We’ve built tremendous momentum among both lecturers and allies, and WE MUST CONTINUE TO APPLY PRESSURE with ever-higher attendance at bargaining each week.

These last few weeks are absolutely crucial. If you’re invested in forcing the University to invest in us, we need you to be doing the following things:

  1. Come to bargaining every Friday. (Reminder: This Friday is when we get a salary proposal back in Flint!)
  2. Come to the 2nd and 3rd General Membership Meetings, where we’ll make important decisions about next steps. Read more about GMMs here.
  3. Come to the Grade-In (2-3:30) and Regents Meeting (3:30-5) at the Michigan Union on Thursday, March 29th.
  4. Bring at least one fellow-lecturer with you to each of these things!  

About the Swahili: Marko Mwipopo, a lecturer in DAAS in Ann Arbor, addressed the admin team after lunch about his struggle to make ends meet on lecturer pay. He closed by saying that in a happy coincidence, Leo is the Swahili word for “today.” Let’s take that serendipitous new knowledge to heart, and ask ourselves what we can do for each other TODAY. Our solidarity is working, and a fantastic contract is in sight–time to dig in even more and pull together!

–Your bargaining team

Round One of GMMs Down, A2 Open Bargaining 1 THIS FRIDAY

Who knew you could get a room full of lecturers fired up and cheering at 8pm on a Tuesday?

Last night–Tuesday the 13th of March–we held our first of three Ann Arbor campus general membership meetings. (We’ll have a sequence of three GMMs on each campus, each meeting building in terms of size and urgency.)

We realize we’re all fairly exhausted–the waning semester is starting to feel like the last 6.1 miles of a marathon. Still, over 60 lecturers (and student allies!) too fed up to quit met in Annenberg Auditorium at the Ford School to assess bargaining so far and plan escalating action to bring home the best contract we’ve ever had. We  outlined important steps and decisions that you and other Lecturers in our union will have to make in the coming weeks, and secured commitments to act.

We’ve made some gains in bargaining, including an agreement to bridge health benefits over the spring and summer terms for lecturers who teach in the winter and know they’ll be teaching in the fall. We’re also making movement towards open-ended contracts after the first continuing renewal review. But our work isn’t done–we still have to present MAJOR strength to get the economic gains we deserve. And we CAN DO THIS.

Please put Ann Arbor’s GMM #2 in your calendar: Sunday, March 25 from 2-3:30pm at the Neutral Zone (310 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Those who attend GMM #2 will decide on next steps toward a potential major job action.

 

 

 

 

GMMs: What They Are and Why You REALLY NEED TO BE THERE

OK, We’ve reached the point in the process when things are going to happen VERY quickly, and we all need to be on the same page. In these CRUCIAL NEXT FOUR WEEKS, the most important way we achieve consensus about how to proceed is at a series of GMMs –General Membership Meetings.

Note: Each of these meetings happen on each campus, and you can go to whatever meeting is most convenient for you–you do not have to attend a meeting at the campus on which you teach.

Here’s what will happen, when, in what order, and how you have a say in our actions:

Meeting 1:

At the first GMMs we talk about our proposals and administration’s counter-proposals to date. We’ll also talk about how to increase our chances to win a fair contract, and which proposals as a group we will stand behind together until we win (what matters most to us as a bargaining unit, what we can live with, etc.). Ann Arbor’s first GMM is TOMORROW, Tuesday, 3/13, 7-8:30p at the Annenberg Auditorium, Ford School of Public Policy, 735 S. State Street.

 

Meeting 2:

In the second meetings, 7-10 days later, we will review further bargaining progress and make a decision about whether to send members an electronic ballot; this ballot would request giving the bargaining team authorization to call for a two-day job walkout in early April if significant progress isn’t made. If the ballot is sent out 3/25, we’ll have the results on 3/28. A majority of votes cast will determine the election results.

 

Meeting 3:

The third meetings will be held the first week in April. We’ll hear the status of bargaining and, if the electronic ballot resulted in a “yes” vote, we’ll again take a vote of members present about which of the following things we should do:

  1. accept the proposed contract,
  2. walk out, or
  3. take a third course of action, such as continuing to organize members and allies over the summer for escalating action in the Fall.

Here’s why you need to be at each of these meetings: They’re where our next major decisions happen.

The opinion and participation of all lecturers is critical over the next five weeks.

We are within reach of a very strong contract, and like we’ve been saying this whole year: We will only get what we are organized to win. Let’s show up and decide as a union what we’re willing to accept.