Picketing Times

Until the strike ends, picketing will occur between 9:00 and 4:00 between the two entrances to the campus (A and B) along Col. Glenn Highway.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the line and in the strike headquarters in the Wingate.

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Letter of Support from the United Faculty of Central Ohio Technical College

Central Ohio Technical College

1 February 2019

Sara Kilpatrick, Executive Director
Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors
222 East Town St., 2W
Columbus, OH 43215


Dear Director Kilpatrick,

The United Faculty of Central Ohio Technical College stand with the American Association of University Professors and its WSU chapter members in protecting your collective bargaining rights. We strongly urge the Schrader administration and the Wright State Board of Trustees to return to negotiations immediately.

The last best offer proposed by the WSU administration drastically diminishes shared governance, which is foundational for effective institutions of higher education. Considering the extensive financial missteps of the WSU administration, a stronger faculty voice, not a lesser, in university decisions is warranted. We stand with you against this attack on shared governance.

The attempts by the WSU administration to strip away the collective bargaining rights for health care, working conditions, and salary erode the value of WSU faculty. Such actions also dramatically undermine Wright State University’s vision of “inclusive culture that respects the unique value of each of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and for the positive transformative impact we have on the lives of our students”.

We strongly urge the WSU administration to reconsider their proposal and return to the table and bargain in good faith to better serve the mission and vison of the University.

In Solidarity,

Martin Schmerr, Ph.D.

United Faculty of Central Ohio Technical College, President



Message of Support from the Antioch College Community Council

Antioch College
The faculty of neighboring Wright State University (WSU) have gone on strike as a result of many poor conditions being imposed on both the WSU faculty and students, including overbearing class loads, increasing class sizes that are already too large, and more. The strike was democratically initiated by 85% of union voters. The WSU Branch of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) press release can be found here. More information about the strike can be found here.
It is vital that the action is shown as much support as possible in order for it to be successful; therefore the Community Council encourages the community to participate in the picket lines and to post your support on social media with the hashtag #Fighting4Wright. Anyone interested in carpooling to the picket line can contact Ben Timmester (
In Solidarity,
Antioch College Community Council

Letter of Support from the American Federation of Musicians, Local 101-473

American Federations of Musicians

January 30, 2019


Marty Kich, President AAUP-WSU

113 Medical Sciences Building Wright State University

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001


Dear President Kich:

On behalf of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 101-473, we are writing to express our full support to AAUP-WSU in your negotiations with the administration of Wright State University.

The imposed contract by Wright State’s administration strikes at the very core of the collective bargaining process; we support you in your efforts to achieve a better quality of education for your students, better working conditions, and the preservation of union rights.

We stand in solidarity with you and all other Unions in calling on President Schrader and the executive board of Wright State to end this standstill and negotiate in good faith for the benefit of all.

In solidarity,

Kweku Ayangade

President, AFM Local 101-473



Resolution of Support Passed by the Otterbein University Faculty Assembly

Otterbein University

The Otterbein Faculty Assembly voted to approve the resolution that appears below:

Whereas, the Otterbein Faculty Assembly supports the principles of collective bargaining at public institutions of higher education and shared governance;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Otterbein Faculty Assembly supports the WSU faculty in their effort to defend quality education and we urge the WSU administration to return to negotiations to bargain in good faith.



Letter of Support from the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine

Affiliated with the Maine Education Association & National Education Association

Associated Faculties of U of Maine



Dear Dr. Kich,

At its monthly meeting on January 26th, the Executive Committee of the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine (AFUM) unanimously approved a motion expressing its wholehearted support for Wright State faculty in their labor dispute with the WSU administration. Our union represents 1114 lecturers, instructors, and professors who serve on seven campuses of the University of Maine System, and, regrettably, we can all too easily identify with the stark and unfair conditions that are being imposed upon your membership.

The tactics employed by WSU Board of Trustees and senior administrators threaten to diminish the quality of education and research at the very institution they should be working to advance. Faculty are the lifeblood of every university, and nothing is gained by imposing conditions that deny them their due role in governance, erode the protections of tenure, weaken program viability through faculty retrenchments, and undermine morale through wage decreases in the guise of austerity furloughs and draconian revisions to health care premiums.

On behalf of our membership, and in concert with the many other expressions of support already posted on your website, we wish you every success in your action. We strongly urge the WSU President to return to the bargaining table, and to work productively toward a fair settlement.

In solidarity,

Jim McClymer, PhD, AFUM President

Jamie Moreira, PhD, AFUM Vice President



Letter of Support from Dayton Education Association

Dayton Education Association

January 29, 2019


With the unanimous support of the Dayton Education Association Executive  Board, I am writing today on behalf of our 1,000 Members, to let you know you have our support in your fight for a fair contract. We are following your fight and making in-kind donations to the cause. The unfair tactics that the trustees have employed to try to pull you apart have not worked and of that you can be proud. We are proud of you as you continue to stand for what is right.

As such, and as an additional gesture of the support of the Dayton Education Association, we will be sending a donation of $100.00 to AAUP-WSU in the hopes that you can continue to work to bring this to a quick and successful resolution.

David A. Romick

President, Dayton Education Association



Faculty Offer $8 Million in Concessions; Wright State Trustees Refuse

Tonight, in a late evening negotiation, the Wright State University Trustees turned down an offer from AAUP-WSU of over $8 millions in concessions in an effort to bring resolution to the contract dispute and protect the academic mission of the university. The AAUP faculty, while disappointed to stay away from the classrooms, announced they plan to be on the picket lines on Monday. “We strike to preserve quality education above all,” said AAUP-WSU President Marty Kich.
The University’s attorney refused to allow a federal mediator to participate this evening. The faculty proposal would have meant pay cuts  for summer teaching, and furloughs, as well as major increases in healthcare costs. Earlier statements by the administration attempted to deceive students and the public by emphasizing raises to finally come in 2022 and 2023. However, the Board also proposed drastically lowering the rate of summer pay. This would  constitute a 20% pay cut for the faculty in the summers. So the Board’s offer was not a pay increase that would cost them any money, but would instead be paid for by faculty who teach summer school. It was an attempt to divide and conquer the faculty. AAUP-WSU will not allow the Board to succeed in pitting faculty members against one another.
“When the board hired President Schrader and an outside attorney, their goal was to break the union. The reason the faculty are on strike is to save our union, because it gives us a voice at the University. This allows us to protect the academic integrity of our programs so that we can offer students the education that they deserve,” explained Kich. “These Trustees have not served this public university well. They do not understand higher education and they should not be allowed to determine the curriculum.”
In the spirit of reaching an agreement, AAUP offered to compromise on a health plan. Faculty would accept all aspects of the plan now in place for staff, except that they would keep their state-guaranteed right to bargain about premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums. This would allow the administration to have control over changes in every aspect of healthcare (copays, drug copays and changes in formulary, changes to HSA contributions and more).

“All of these contract components play a role if Wright State is to continue to attract top-notch faculty in the future. That’s critical for our students and for their younger sisters and brothers. Students have supported us in the strike because they understand the difference great faculty have made for them as individuals,” Kich went on. “And everyone in the Miami Valley needs their nurses and teachers, scientists and journalists, engineers and entrepreneurs trained by top faculty.”


Letter of Support from Purdue AAUP

AAUP Purdue

American Association of University Professors Purdue University Chapter

West Lafayette, Indiana 47907


January 29, 2019

Dear Wright State Colleagues,

The Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors sends solidarity greetings. We stand with your faculty in its strike against the University administration. We support your demands for better wages and working conditions for faculty at Wright State, and your fight for a better educational environment for your students. Your struggle emblematizes the need for faculty across the country to work together in coalition to fight for its interests.


American Association of University Professors – Purdue University (West Lafayette) Chapter West Lafayette, Indiana



Letter of Support from United Faculty and Staff, University of Wisconsin- Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension

January 28, 2019

United Faculty and Academic Staff

P.O. Box 260323 • Madison, WI 53726-0323

ufas [uw-madison]

President Cheryl Schrader

Wright State University

260 University Hall

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

Dayton, OH 45435


President Schrader and Members of the Board of Trustees:

I am writing to you on behalf of the elected leadership of United Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS), American Federation of Teachers Local 223, AFL-CIO. Established in 1930, UFAS is a democratically organized labor union for faculty and academic staff at the University of Wisconsin– Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

We write to express our extreme concern about the dire state of affairs at Wright State University, and we join in support of the faculty in their demand for a fair contract. It is the students who will suffer from the inevitable decline in quality if faculty are forced to teach more and even larger classes, if critical courses are offered much less frequently, and if WSU is unable to recruit and retain the best educators and researchers.

AAUP-WSU has been attempting to negotiate a fair contract since January 2017, despite the administration’s aggressive attempt to roll back basic job security provided to faculty throughout Ohio and the nation—even where faculty are not unionized. The AAUP-WSU has made all of the concessions; the administration has not been willing to compromise on anything. All the while, WSU students, the local workforce, and the region’s economy have been harmed by the administration’s poor stewardship.

We demand that you change course immediately, and reconsider your hard line with the faculty, whose stellar work in teaching, mentoring, and research has built the university’s reputation and made it a top choice for area students. Students, faculty, and staff deserve leadership that values them and provides the support needed for their—and Wright State’s—success. We urge you to negotiate in good faith with the faculty union in order to end the current impasse.


Chad Alan Goldberg

Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

President, United Faculty & Academic Staff, AFT Local 223


United Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS) is a labor union democratically organized to represent its members—faculty and academic staff at both the UW-Madison and UW-Extension. UFAS is an independent affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, Local #223, AFL-CIO