POWER BUILDING TOOLKIT

 

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We build union power by increasing our visibility on campus and educating our students, colleagues, and other allies on the working conditions of lecturers and the role we play in our university. A good starting resource for understanding how much lecturers contribute to the University of Michigan's educational mission is The Bunsis Report

LECTURERS

SYLLABUS LOGO
Start a conversation with your students about labor organizing and lecturers' role at the University of Michigan by including your union's logo on your syllabus.

JOIN A COMMITTEE
In non-bargaining years, committee work is the primary source of our union power. Committees keep us mobilized, in touch with our community, and actively pursuing our vision for our own union and for the labor movement. Join a union committee at bit.ly/leocommittees.

HOW TO TALK TO STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE UNION
Courtesy of Ann Arbor Campus Co-Chair Phil Christman, check out these example talking points for how you can explain to students and colleagues (whether tenure track or non-tenure track) what it means to be in a union. 

  • When introducing yourself, explain that your teaching title is Lecturer. You may wish to describe differences between the teaching positions, such as GSIs, Lecturers, Tenure-Track faculty, etc.
  • LEO is the union of non-tenure track faculty at all three UM campuses. 
  • As Lecturers, our primary focus is on classroom instruction, though many of us do research, publish, perform, or present our work in professional venues. Mention your education, research interests, or expertise.
  • In the 2016-2017 year, lecturers taught 56% of student credit hours on the Flint campus, 51% on the Dearborn campus, and 33% in Ann Arbor.
  • One of our main missions starting in 2018 is to "break the silos" in funding between Ann Arbor and Dearborn/Flint. Since we are One University, with One President and One Board of Regents, we want administration to direct equitable resources to all three campuses, and for all three campuses to receive equal state funding per student. 
  • We support efforts to reduce student debt and to keep education affordable. We are currently organizing alongside our students to advocate for a more affordable campus for all students.
  • We support smaller classes, so that students receive more individualized attention.

ALLIES

LET'S WORK TOGETHER
If you are an ally who works with another union, a community organization, or as an individual to strengthen solidarity in our community, and you want to work with LEO to support one another's causes, get in touch via this solidarity form. We want to hear from you!

GET UPDATES ON OUR LISTSERV
During our 2017-2018 contract campaign, our ally listserv was a critical network through which we could communicate urgent updates on bargaining, and mobilize our community to show up for labor. 

Moving forward we are committed to remaining in solidarity with our campus and broader communities. We will do everything we can to boost the events and efforts of our allies to organize for a more just, equitable university. If you are interested in receiving updates from LEO about continued activity of our union and other campus unions, campus organizing, and solidarity events, please join our listserv. Solidarity!