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Late-night negotiations end in
*tentative settlement on most issues
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
After eight months of negotiations, the
Lecturers' Employee Organization and the
University signed tentative agreements last
night on most of LEO's demands. Approval
by majority vote of LEO members tonight
would authorize a final contract with the
"The major issues that our members
have, have been resolved," LEO President
Bonnie Halloran said. "We will be recom-
mending approval for this plan to the mem-
bership, and we're very excited about the
While minor articles of the contract still
need to be worked out, LEO will hold a
members-only meeting today where mem-
bers will learn about and vote on the agree-
ments made last night. Only those attending
the meeting will be able to vote to approve
The agreement includes decisions on
salary, benefit eligibility, a benefits plan, and
job security, which includes two components
- appointments and implementation.
It states that salary has been increased
"across the board" for the Ann Arbor, Dear-
born and Flint campuses, and that "some
agreement" on summer benefits, one of
LEO's critical issues, have been made, Hal-
Halloran declined to elaborate on details
pertaining to wage compensation and benefits.
The appointment process, a portion of
the contract that will periodically extend
contracts of lecturers based on seniority
and performance reviews, was settled by
the amendment of an implementation
Implementation relies on a grandfather
clause that would extend "the terms of the
contract to lecturers who work before the
signing of the contract," not simply to those
lecturers who will be hired after the con-
tract is signed. The concept can be summed
up as a kind of retroactive job security, Hal-
Also stated in the agreement was the
presumption of reappointment" after a cer-
tain number of years served as a lecturer.
An employee could be terminated only with
"cause" or because of a department's
inability to maintain the position as a result
of budgetary demands.
The emphasis on contract extensions
based on lecturers' ability was an issue both
LEO and the University agreed upon.
"We didn't want just anybody to get con-
tract reappointments," Halloran said.
LEO and the University have been bargain-
See LECTURERS, Page 8A
plan for greater
By Chloe Foster
Daily Staff Reporter
Two months after a wage proposal was
first brought up, University President Mary
Sue Coleman said last week in a written
statement that she supports a University
labor standards committee's
lect verifiable wage data
from companies that pro-
duce University apparel.
On April 6, the Adviso-
ry Committee for Labor
Standards and Human
Rights; along with the
activist group Students
Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality, agreed
to submit a proposal to
Coleman. It encouraged
to require licensees to
ensure greater transparen-
cy of their workers' wages,
Marlowe Coolican said.
Coleman emphasized that
request to col-
we can crew
to-the top a
case-by-case basis, but there is no systematic
process for monitoring and enforcing compli-
ance:with the wage standards, University
spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
She added that the next step for SOLE and
the University is to work with the committee,
the Fair Labor Association, the Workers'
Rights Consortium and the Collegiate Licens-
ing Company to determine
r this the best means for achiev-
. ing the goal of greater
1 public, wage transparency.
ate a race "It is not at all a matter
of adding a new code,
nd not to Peterson said.
Coleman stressed that
the University must pursue
an effective and up-to-date
means for implementing
- Alex Cotton this clause and ensuring
SOLE member compliance with it.
One way this could be
done is through wage dis-
closure - publishing the wages paid at facto-
ries producing University merchandise. This
was the proposal originally submitted by
SOLE to the committee. But this is not the
only conceivable solution, Peterson said.
Other possibilities could include hiring a
middle man to closely monitor wages.
LSA sophomore and SOLE member Alex
Cotton said Coleman's response "is a really
See WAGES, Page 8A
already uses the Code of Conduct for
Licensees, which stipulates that "licensees
commit themselves to a wage goal that
enables employees to satisfy their basic
The University already responds to com-
plaints about noncompliant companies on a
LSA sophomore Claire Beyer holds up a "Wage Disclosure is Easy as Pie" sign on the Diag on Friday afternoon to push the University to adopt a
policy whereby companies with contracts with the University would be required to disclose all wage information publicly.
Head of research takes
. similar job at Purdue
By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
Following the trend of many top adminis-
trators leaving the University lately, Fawwaz
Ulaby will be leaving his position as vice
president for research. Ulaby will be moving
to Purdue University and will become the
new vice president of research there.
"Purdue is in a growth stage in part
because of substantial resources made avail-
able to them by the state of Indiana to
become one of the top univer-
sities in the country," Ulaby "Purdue
said. "I would like to play a
role in making that happen." growth S
Ulaby has been in charge of
the University's research WOUld li
spending since he was play a o
appointed to the position in ar
1999. This includes taking making t
care of all administrative $$
tasks pertaining to research aIWpel.
on campus and allocating
funds to different projects.
Ulaby said he will be leaving
the University sometime Vice Presid
between July and September
to begin his position at Pur-
due in the fall.
President Coleman stated in a written state-
ment to University officials that Ulaby and
his leadership abilities will be missed on
ed toward research in Fiscal Year 2002-03.
But in the last five years, Purdue has been
focusing on expanding research spending
through a variety of new programs. In early
2003, Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon
announced the funding of 12 new projects by
the Indiana 21st Century Research and Tech-
nology Fund, a state program. Purdue has
also been working with private investors to
increase research funding outside of what the
state of Indiana provides for them. With its
efforts, by 2003 Purdue saw a 51 percent
increase in its research spend-
. i ing.
Back te Night'
By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Sara Ylen, a wife and mother of two small children, spoke
Saturday night about how she was sexually assaulted in a
Meijer parking lot in broad daylight almost three years ago.
She said it took her four days before she felt ready to
tell an emergency room doctor and the police about her
assault, and soon afterward she began blaming herself
for the assault.
Ylen was the keynote speaker at the 25th annual Take
Back the Night rally Saturday evening on the Diag. More
than 300 people gathered to protest sexual violence and
comfort one another with songs, poetry and personal stories.
After the rally, the participants took to the streets waving
signs and chanting demands for safe homes, streets and resi-
Event organizer Charity Schmidt said, "Although we may
disagree as to the forms services for survivors may take, at
the heart of the event is a unifying passion to end violence
Event organizer Charity Schmidt said the rally allows sur-
vivors to support each other.
Schmidt said, "Although we may disagree as to the forms
services for survivors may take, at the heart of the event is a
unifying passion to end violence against women."
Attitudes about sexual assault haunted Ylen. "I was con-
stantly dealing with the onslaught of judgment from the peo-
ple close to me, and my life had narrowed into two things:
fear and pain," Ylen said.
She said the turning point of her experiences came when
is U a
tage ... I
ent of Research
As vice president for
research since 1999, Ulaby
was in charge of research
spending on grants, contracts
and projects on campus. His
job description included
checking and following all
regulations regarding research
mandated by the federal and
state governments, as well as
the University, he said. He
also helped faculty members
find sponsors and develop
new areas of research.
Since the University prides
itself in providing undergraduates with
research experience through programs such
as the Undergraduate Research Opportunity
Program, Ulaby furthered this aim by provid-