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State Labor Board Rules Wright State Faculty Strike Can Continue

Faculty members picket at the entrance to Wright State University's campus Tuesday, January 22.
Faculty members picket at the entrance to Wright State University's campus Tuesday, January 22.

An Ohio labor board has ruled the faculty strike at Wright State University can continue.

The State Employment Relations Board made its decision Sunday following arguments from the faculty union and the university. University officials had filed an unfair labor practices complaint asking the board to stop the strike, claiming it was unauthorized and workload complaints couldn't be included in collective bargaining. The school also said union members sabotaged the school's efforts to find replacement instructors.

The union's attorney argued workload was previously agreed to separately from collective bargaining and the strike is lawful. The board sided with the union.

WSU President Cheryl Schrader's statement Sunday said union "actions to prevent the university from operating are having a significant toll."

The strike began after the union rejected employment terms issued by school trustees in areas including health care and pay. The suburban Dayton school said it offered the best terms it could.

Tuesday will mark one week since the strike began. The longest higher-education related strike last year lasted 11 days.

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.