LEO committees exist to ensure that our union thrives, and operate to address different concerns and goals of our organization. As University of Michigan lecturers we all have unique talents, interests, and skills. By bringing these to union committees, we make a real difference in what we can accomplish.
To stop by a meeting of any of the below committees and check out the work we're doing, see the calendar for the meeting schedule.
Checking out a meeting is not a commitment to joining, so don't hesitate to start with one meeting and see how you feel. Join a committee or express your interest here.
In addition to the established committees, special ad-hoc committees or caucuses can form to address specific concerns shared by our members. Examples include the Lecturer I Caucus, Anti-Racism Taskforce, and Parents’ Caucus.
For current member chairs or members of LEO committees, see our internal information sheet here.
The Communications Committee develops and designs content for internal and external communications. We produce the graphics, videos, and online campaigns that help share our story with the university community, state, and nation. If you would like to share your lecturer story on social media, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintaining this website!
Maintaining and expanding our social media presence
Designing union posters and fliers
Preparing informational handouts for new lecturers
Producing member-driven videos about our new contract and our efforts to obtain equity on all three campuses
Ensuring that all lecturers are up to date on their union at all times!
The Social Committee is responsible for LEO member gatherings. Our work is a critical part of building the union through social events that promote interpersonal bonds, collegiality, and solidarity.
Planning the annual LEO convention
Coordinating events like 5Ks, barbecues, trivia nights, and bowling
Offering educational workshops on relieving student debt, passing major reviews, and assorted professional-development issues
SPACE COMMITTEE (Solidarity, Political Action, & Community Engagement)
The SPACE Committee, or the Solidarity, Political Action, and Community Engagement Committee, oversees LEO's efforts to connect with our communities via solidarity efforts and political mobilization. SPACE works with our allies including students, other campus unions, and community organizations to ensure that we are supporting one another's causes in productive ways.
Working with elected officials to ensure that our interests are represented in their work
Water delivery in Flint to residents with mobilization challenges
Arranging town halls with political candidates seeking endorsements from the labor movement
Overseeing LEO's role in the All-Campus Labor Council
CONTRACT IMPLEMENTATION & ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The Contract Implementation & Organizing Committee (CIO) is a group of lecturers dedicated to protecting their own and their colleagues' workplace rights. Committee members are trained to know the LEO contract and help other lecturers determine if a workplace concern is a contract violation, and how to proceed with addressing it.
Anyone interested in this work can be trained at any time by another committee member, and it's not intimidating—everyone starts out as just another lecturer, like you! CIOs are a vital component of the union, and there is a CIO on each campus.
Working with lecturer colleagues to address and remedy workplace concerns using contractual leverage
Educating other lecturers about their contractual rights
Doing outreach with newly hired lecturers to orient them to their contract and protections available to them
The Finance Committee oversees the internal financial wellbeing of our union, including the collection of dues, annual budgeting, and the distribution of solidarity funds to allied organizations. The Finance Committee is also responsible for analyzing the university's financial records, including audits and budget documents, as well as data on state appropriations and funding, to help craft a compelling case for LEO campaigns around fair wages, equitable funding to all three campuses, and better affordability initiatives for our students. An example of this work is The Bunsis Report (part of our Power Building Toolkit).
Managing the union’s budget
Conducting the financial analysis that is the backbone to our One University #1U campaign for equitable funding, at the state and university levels, for Dearborn and Flint campuses