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Wright State Union Faculty Standing Up For Students

Wright State Union Faculty Standing Up For Students

After failing to reach an agreement with their administration over newly imposed working conditions, including a furlough policy, the Wright State University faculty union started a threatened strike Tuesday.

Wearing the union-advised dress code of “layers, layers, layers,” dozens of professors faced winter morning weather to picket starting at 8 a.m. Their ranks grew over the course of the day. Many students came to show support. Many others attended classes as usual.

The university said in a statement that 40 percent of American Association of University Professors-affiliated faculty members at its main Dayton, Ohio, campus were teaching their classes or planned to. Some 53 percent of AAUP-represented professors were teaching or would be teaching at the Lake campus, it said.

Some 80 percent of Wright State classes taught by AAUP-affiliated faculty members “were held without issue,” according to the university. Wright State “is committed to providing our students with a high-quality, affordable education,” President Cheryl B. Schrader said. “This is our contract with students, and it is nonnegotiable.”

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