Protests Erupt Over Non-Renewal of Lecturer/Union Leader
The Lecturers' Employee Organization at the University of Michigan is protesting the non-renewal by the university of the union's vice president, Kirsten Herold, who has taught there for 18 years. Union leaders and the American Federation of Teachers, with which the campus unit is affiliated, see the non-renewal as retaliation for strong leadership of the union, and note that in negotiations over a new contract, the union has been pushing for more protections so that lecturers cannot be victims of "bogus" evaluations. A spokeswoman for the university said that while she could not discuss personnel matters, Michigan follows procedures for lecturers' evaluations as spelled out in the current contract. The spokeswoman also said that there was "no connection" between any personnel decision and the negotiations with the union.