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Wright State Strike

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Jess Mador / WYSO

After 20 days, the faculty union strike at Wright State University has ended.

With the help of a federal mediator, union and administration negotiators reached a tentative agreement late Sunday night.

Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University
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Wright State officials say the university is committed to helping military veteran students whose GI Bill benefits may be affected by the ongoing faculty strike.

Wright State has notified some students about potential changes to their class schedules as the strike drags on. Earlier this week, Wright State announced some classes would transition to a condensed, alternative term schedule.

The alternative term would begin in around a month, in mid-March.

State Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner speaks to the crowd at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Democratic state lawmakers and state education officials are weighing in on the faculty union strike at Wright State University, 18 days after professors walked off the job.

At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse Friday morning, union leaders asked Governor Mike DeWine to intervene in the contract dispute. Earlier this week, DeWine said he was monitoring the situation, but had no plans to step in.

Gov. Mike DeWine in Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Governor Mike DeWine says his administration has no plans to intervene in the Wright State faculty strike. The strike is in its sixteenth day and no contract negotiations are scheduled. This week, the university authorized the hiring of longterm substitutes to replace striking faculty.

In a statement, Wright State officials say any replacement instructors who fill in during the strike would be temporary, qualified and asked to commit to teaching the rest of the semester.

The AAUP faculty union’s picket line resumed Monday after weekend talks ended without a deal.

Wright State University student union
Wright State University

Wright State University’s faculty union resumed picketing this week after weekend negotiations failed to reach a deal. The strike has so far lasted more than two weeks with no word yet on when contract negotiations could resume.  

Despite reassurances from Wright State administration officials, who maintain they're working to minimize disruptions on campus, many Wright State students are reporting frustration over disruptions to their classes.

Dozens of students and community members joined members of the Wright State University's faculty union's picket line Monday.
April Laissle / WYSO

The Wright State faculty union strike is in its fourteenth day. And while negotiations resumed over the weekend between the administration and the union, no agreement was reached.

So, Monday afternoon union members returned to the picket lines, joined by dozens of students and community members.

The picket line stretched for almost an entire block near the entrance to Wright State’s Fairborn campus. 

Lining the curb were more than 100 people cheering in support of striking faculty members.

April Laissle / WYSO

Negotiations resumed Friday between the Wright State University administration and the faculty union, 11 days after the faculty strike began.

The walkout has now gone on longer than all but one higher-education strikes last year.

William Herbert, director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, says that while most strikes are typically resolved within a week it’s not unheard of for them to last longer.

Wright State University’s faculty union strike could affect the school’s credit rating if it continues much longer, according to an analyst for Moody’s Investor Services. A lower credit rating could make it more difficult for Wright State to take out loans.

Only two years ago, Moody’s lowered Wright State’s credit rating three notches from A2 to Baa2. At the time, analysts said the school’s, “severe financial deterioration in a short period of time," led to the downgrade.

Wright State university
Jess Mador / WYSO

The Wright State Board of Trustees spent more than two hours discussing contract negotiations in an executive session Tuesday night, but didn’t announce a new contract deal. That means the American Association of University Professors strike will likely continue for at least another day.

Representatives from the union and the administration met for several hours Sunday and Monday, but additional negotiating sessions have not yet been announced.

Members of Wright State's faculty union have been picketing since Tuesday.
April Laissle / WYSO

It’s been nearly a week since members of Wright State University’s faculty union walked off the job. Now, union and administration officials are reporting they’re optimistic a deal to end the strike will be reached soon.

Union and university representatives say they made progress on a new contract deal during a four-hour meeting Sunday. It was the first time the two parties met since the strike began.

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