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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXV, No. 144
Union alleges that U'
has misclassified lecturers,
as well as missed payments
to some employees
By Michael Kan
Daily News Editor
More than a year after the Lec-
turers' Employee Organization
approved a contract with the Uni-
versity that would provide lecturers
with increased pay and benefits, LEO
argues it are still not receiving the
full benefits of the agreement.
To voice these concerns, about 15
LEO members handed out leaflets
outside the second floor ballroom in
Haven Hall during the LSA all-fac-
ulty reception, to remind the Univer-
sity community of their grievances.
"There were a lot of people who
wouldn't have had a clue to what's been
going on with the contract if we weren't
there," said LEO Co-Chair Ian Robinson.
While the University continues to
work toward fully implementing the
contract by Sept. 30, LEO contends
two major roadblocks remain - a
delay in lecturer payments and mis-
classification of 30 lecturers.
According to the June 2004 con-
tract, lecturers can be classified
under four categories with each cat-
egory determining the duties and
benefits of the lecturer.
A faculty member grouped into
a Lecturer I or Lecturer II catego-
ry would be allowed only to teach
classes. Faculty classified as Lec-
turer III or Lecturer IV would also
be expected to perform advising and
LEO Co-Chair Ian Robinson said
"WE STILL ALIVE.
TEL KATRINA: TAKE THAT."
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ABOVE: Evacuees at the Astrodome are among more than 5,000 people staying in one of Houston's four major shelters.
TOP (Left and center): Evacuees In Houston keep the spirit of New Orleans alive with the Second Line March, a New Orleans tradition to commemorate the dead. (Right) Ryan
White, Paul White and Stanley Foley amuse themselves by playing drums with a basketball Inside the Reliant Center In Houston.
were a lot
a clue to
- Ian Robinson
as Lecturer Is
added that this
would see a pay
increase of 5
than the 7 per-
cent given to
into the Lectur-
er III category.
Axelson, a lec-
turer in the Uni-
City takes in more
than 150,000 evacuees
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
HOUSTON - Some live with family. Others
reside in the apartments of welcoming strangers. But
five-year-old Diamondneshay Ward survives in a car
with her mother.
About 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees remain
in the country's fourth-largest city. As of two o'clock
Sunday morning, 5,263 of the evacuees live in the
city's four major shelters: Reliant City, Reliant Center,
the Astrodome and the George R. Brown Convention
Center downtown. At one point, Houston housed as
many 25,400 evacuees in its shelters.
City authorities and the displaced families say many
of the evacuees who have moved out of the shelters
dispersed themselves across the country to find more
permanent lodging and jobs with friends and families.
Many of the remaining evacuees plan to stay in Hous-
ton for an extended period of time. Some say they will
never go back to New Orleans and may make Houston
their new home.
Although there are tentative plans to condense
the shelters into one, no one is sure which shelter
will be used.
"It's a very fluid situation,"said Frank Michel, Hous-
ton Mayor Bill White's communication director.
Regularly scheduled events have been canceled at
the convention centers through the end of the month,
Michel said. Until then, city officials are playing things
by the ear.
Efforts are being made to move the evacuees into
more permanent housing. As of Friday, 50 of the city's
largest property owners had signed leases agreeing to
house evacuees but not to price gouge, a crime that
relatively few have committed, Michel said.
"We don't want to be in the shelter business,"
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and other mem-
bers of her legislative team thanked the city of Houston
repeatedly during a press conference.
"No state took as large a number, as heavy a burden,
as did this state," Blanco said. "Y'all have redefined the
But not all Houstonians are happy about their new
"There was concern about crime expressed early
on by residents who saw people shooting at helicop-
ters and television and thought: They're coming here,"
Michel said. "Some people made some assumptions."
Volunteer Sue Diegard, who lives a block from
Reliant City - an area encompassing the Astrodome
and its surroundings - said they worry about the
increased crime rates, as well as job and housing short-
ages because of the evacuees.
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Language Institute said the misclas-
sification has also meant these lectur-
ers would be restricted from advising
Axelson, who is classified as a Lecturer
III and participated with LEO in handing
out leaflets on Friday, said currently six
lecturers in the ELI are misclassified as
Lecturer IIs. She questions why the Uni-
versity misclassified her colleagues, when
she performs the same duties as they do.
"It's quite troubling and divisive.
We have all been doing the same
kind of work," Axelson said.
The other reason LEO is still not con-
tent with the University is that 100 fac-
ulty members grouped into the Lecturer
III category have been told that they will
not see their increase in pay for another
18 months, Robinson said.
University spokeswoman Julie Peter-
son said the provost's office and the Uni-
versity's different departments continue
to work to resolve all issues with the
contract before the Sept. 30 deadline.
"Over the summer we met with them
every week to work out issues with the
contract," Peterson said.
Peterson added that University offi-
cials would need to closely look over
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Diamondneshay Ward sits in her mother's van In Houston where the
two are living until they can find more adequate housing.
'Everybody lost Something
By Karl Stampft He tested those survival skills just last week in the
Daily Staff Writer
HOUSTON - The Hurricane Katrina death toll,
once thought to possibly reach 10,000, is still uncer-
tain. Yesterday, during a press conference in Houston,
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said that the number
will probably be in the thousands, but no reasonable
estimate can yet be made.
"Our city has come under siege by natural forces
more powerful than our nation has ever experienced,"
Rlanrn sail "We can onlv hone the numher of dead
aftermath of Katrina, which he chose to rude out alone.
Hampton stole a car to escape from the city. He said it
was necessary but damaged his pride nevertheless.
"Everybody lost something," he said. "If you didn't
lose your house, you lost your pride." Hampton lost his
He counts himself lucky because all his friends and
relatives survived. He has not yet heard directly from
two of his sisters, but he said he knows they made it.
Hampton described the scene in New Orleans with
one word: "Water Water everywhere." he said. staring
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