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Gov. Mike DeWine's Administration "Monitoring" Wright State Faculty Strike

Gov. Mike DeWine in Dayton.
Jess Mador
Gov. Mike DeWine in Dayton.

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.

Health care remains a major sticking point in the labor dispute.

In downtown Dayton Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says his office has been in regular communications with Wright State officials, including Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader.

“We're very concerned about it but I have no plans at this point to do anything further other than to monitor what's going on. You know, When a governor becomes involved, that's a major input. You have to be very careful when you do that,” the governor says. 

The university's administration maintains the majority of classes at Wright State are covered.

Earlier this week, officials canceled some classes for the remainder of the term, saying most of the canceled classes are, "specialized."

Other affected students have been offered alternative assignments.

Wright State’s administration is urging students to meet with their advisors and academic staff to ensure they’re on track for graduation.

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Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding Americainitiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.