U-M negotiates pay raise for 1,700 lecturers after union backlash
The University of Michigan has negotiated a proposal that would raise the pay of 1,700 lecturers at their three campuses, officials with the lecturers union announced Friday.
The plan, which would also improve healthcare and boost job security, comes after numerous bargaining sessions and backlash after the lecturer's union contract expired in April.
Ian Robinson, president of the Lecturers Employee Organization, said the bargaining team has been pushing for increased wages since October 2017 for the lecturers who teach thousands of students at the university's Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
"We’ve been working to create an agreement that will ensure quality education for our students and fair compensation for our members,” said Robinson, also a lecturer in the Sociology Department in Ann Arbor.
Lecturers Employee Organization members at the three campuses are expected to review details of the agreement and vote in July. The proposal must also gain the approval of university trustees.
The minimum starting salary for a full-time lecturer is $27,300 at the Flint campus, $28,300 in Dearborn and $34,500 in Ann Arbor.
Under the proposal, current lecturers would receive annual base pay raises ranging from $3,000 to $12,500, depending on length of service. Lecturers currently earning over $80,000 a year will receive a combination of base increases and lump-sum payments, rather than total base-pay increases, according to a Friday news release.
By the end of the third year of the proposed collective agreement, the minimum salary UM can hire entry-level faculty will increase by $16,500 in Ann Arbor; $13,700 in Flint, and $12,700 in Dearborn.
The university could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday.
Kristen Herold, LEO vice president and lecturer at the UM School of Public Health, said the proposal is a victory for lecturers and for the university.
“Higher pay will lead to less turn-over, more lecturers working full time — rather than holding multiple part-time jobs — and a more stable learning environment for our students to whom our membership are so dedicated,” Herold said in the release.