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.”