CSG leaders publish statement supporting LEO bargaining

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:49pm

On Monday evening, current and incoming University of Michigan Central Student Government leadership released a statement of support for the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.

On Monday evening, current and incoming University of Michigan Central Student Government leadership released a statement of support for the Lecturers’ Employee Organization. Buy this photo
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The statement encourages students to engage in LEO bargaining efforts and support lecturers at the University.

Since last October, LEO has been bargaining with the University for increased wages and benefits. According to the statement, LEO is comprised of 1,700 non-tenure track faculty across all three campuses, and in the 2016-2017 school year generated $462 million for the University. Lecturers’ contracts are set to expire on April 20, and while the administration had initially responded to LEO’s requests with a proposition, LEO referred to their proposal as “insulting.” If the University does not properly comply with LEO’s demands, they have authorized a possible vote for a strike.

The joint CSG statement, signed by current CSG President Anushka Sarker, an LSA senior and CSG Vice President Nadine Jawad, a Public Policy senior, and incoming CSG President Daniel Greene, a Public Policy junior, and CSG Vice President Izzy Baer, an LSA sophomore, called for students to stand in solidarity with LEO. The CSG leadership also acknowledged the hardships lecturers at the University face due to low salaries.

When our lecturers are forced to work multiple jobs, face food insecurity, and struggle to make ends meet in Ann Arbor, we as students feel the repercussions through the quality of teaching in our classrooms,” the statement read. “Lecturers’ working conditions are our learning conditions.”

CSG leadership also encouraged students to participate in the LEO Weekend of Action, which will take place from April 6 through April 10, and will include open bargaining sessions and a potential strike if LEO demands are not properly acknowledged.