About our union
The Lecturers' Employee Organization (LEO - AFT Local 6244) is the union of all non-tenure track faculty (lecturers) on all three campuses of the University of Michigan. We are a democratic organization run by members, most of them volunteers. Our leadership consists of lecturers who are elected by their colleagues.
In 2004, lecturers at the University of Michigan voted to unionize in order to secure collective bargaining rights with university administration. We did this in response to the incredibly poor job security, inconsistent health benefits coverage, and exploitative salaries that were the norm for non-tenure track faculty.
The historic gains of our most recent contract rest on a foundation of years of work by many brave union members—from the first conversations and membership cards in 2001, to the nearly-800-person vote in favor of unionizing, to the hard-fought contract campaigns of 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2018. We’ve gone on strike once (2004) and voted to authorize strikes three times (2004, 2008, and 2018). We fight alongside our sister unions at the University of Michigan for better working conditions for all.
The right to collective bargaining empowers us to fight for the respect we deserve as teaching professionals who are also recognized scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs.
Nearly tripled minimum salaries since 2003
Improvements in job security including open-ended appointments after Continuing Reviews
Arguably the most comprehensive health-insurance coverage of all higher-education unions in the nation
Longer sick leaves and parental leaves
Formal grievance process ending in binding arbitration
Funding for professional-development grants for lecturers