#facultymakethedifference: Stephen Jacquemin

Stephen Jacquemin

 

I’m Dr. Stephen Jacquemin from Wright State’s Lake Campus. I study the science of water conservation. I train my students to see the value in restoring and maintaining our freshwater resources so that they may ensure future generations access to clean water both regionally and beyond. I am a proud member of AAUP-WSU.

#facultymakethedifference.

Letter from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to President Schrader and the WSU Board

Nan Whaley Logo

 

President Cheryl Schrader & Members of the Board of Trustees Wright State University

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy. 260 University Hall

Dayton, OH 45435

 

President Schrader and Members of the Board of Trustees:

I’m writing to express my support for Wright State University, its faculty and its staff. Wright State is critical to the economic health of the Dayton region and beyond, meaning all Dayton community leaders must be invested in its success.

Given that, I encourage you to reconsider your hard line in negotiating with Wright State’s faculty, whose stellar work in teaching, mentoring, and research has built the university’s reputation and made it a top choice for area students. As a Wright State graduate, I’m grateful for the faculty who genuinely cared about me and my academic progress. The students, faculty, and staff need your support to ensure their—and Wright State’s—long-term success.

I urge you to enter into good-faith negotiations with the faculty union to prevent a faculty strike. As a leader in the Dayton region, I am cheering for Wright State’s continued success. Please let me know if there is any way that I or the city can be of service.

Respectfully,

Nan Whaley

Mayor of Dayton

 

 

Letter of Support from Dayton, Miami Valley AFL-CIO

Dayton Miami Valley AFL-CIO

President Cheryl Schrader & Members of the Board of Trustees Wright State University

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy. 260 University Hall

Dayton, OH 45435

September 7, 2018

 

President Schrader and Members of the Board of Trustees:

I’m writing to express my extreme concern about the state of affairs at Wright State, especially the looming faculty strike. Wright State is critical to the economic health of the Dayton region and beyond, making the continued negative press about the institution alarming to those of us invested in its success.

I strongly encourage you to 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. The students, faculty, and staff deserve leadership that values them and provides the support needed for their-and Wright State’s- success.

From all accounts, it seems that the administration’s demands on the faculty are unfair and demoralizing; quite simply, the administration’s actions are undermining the academic mission of the university. I’m sure you’re as concerned about the declining enrollments as those of us who depend on Wright State graduates for our businesses.

Hence I urge you to end the current impasse and begin good-faith negotiations with the faculty union to prevent a faculty strike which would adversely impact students and the economy of the region.

Diane S. Walsh, Executive Director

Thomas Ritchie, Sr., President

Marcia Knox, Recording Secretary

 

Wright State Faculty and Students Need Your Support!

Wright State faculty and students need your support. Right now, the stakes at Wright State have never been higher— over the past several years, our students, the local workforce, and the region’s economy have been harmed by the administration’s poor stewardship. And now that this administration has exhausted the financial resources of the university on initiatives unrelated to its educational mission, it intends to recapture this lost money through cuts to faculty and programs. The one thing standing in their way is a faculty contract that protects the educational mission of the university.

You may have heard that the faculty union, AAUP-WSU, is moving toward a strike.  The faculty at Wright State do not want to strike, but feel that they may have no other option. The situation is indeed that dire. What you might not know is that the base salaries and benefits of the WSU faculty—who generate almost all of the university’s revenue—account for just 17% of the university’s budget. But, since early 2016, we’ve suffered a net loss of 92 full-time teaching positions. We cannot allow our students to 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.

There’s still time to avoid a strike. Sign your name and send President Schrader and the WSU Board of Trustees a clear message: the students, alumni, and the community are standing behind the faculty. We will not allow the administration’s poor stewardship of the University fall on the backs of faculty and students. End this contract impasse now, and return to the table to negotiate a fair contract with faculty.

Please sign our petition, expressing your support for our efforts to get a fair contract:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stand-with-wright-state-faculty.

Please share the petition with your colleagues, family, and friends, and please ask your chapter leadership to share it with all of your chapter members. What happens at our university may become a harbinger of what will happen at your college or university.

Thank you for any support that you can provide.

 

If you would like a fuller explanation of the issues involved in our extended contract impasse, you are welcome to look through the materials available on our chapter website: https://aaup-wsu.org/strike-related-materials/.

If you would like to know how our administration wasted $130 million in reserves over four years, you can get some sense of the misplaced priorities in these posts–open letters to our former president and our board of Trustees–to our old chapter blog, which are now archived on our new website:

https://thewebsiteofwrightstateuniversitysaaupchapter.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/003-april-11-open-letter-to-hopkins-and-board-of-trustees.pdf

https://thewebsiteofwrightstateuniversitysaaupchapter.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/004-aaup-recommendations-for-addressing-budget-shortfalls.pdf

 

Health Care Summary

The board/administration want our members on the same health care plans the rest of the university is forced to use – source: http://www.wright.edu/administration/aaup/nego/FF/Exhibits%20_A-N(from%20admin)(OCR)(annotated).pdf (Article 26, Exhibit H).

The board/administration unilaterally canceled the PPO 90/10 option for non-bargaining unit employees, and significantly degraded their 80/20 and HDHP options. Below, we offer a comparison of our current plan to the non-union/staff plan.

80-20 Plan

Our monthly premiums would increase significantly. See the table below for details.

80-20 Plan [2]

HD DP [1]

Our members on the HDHP would see decreased contributions from the university to their Health Savings Accounts.

HD DP [2]

The administration/board wants to reserve the right to make changes to plan coverage and rates on short notice. Simply put, the proposed changes to our healthcare are absolutely huge in terms of negative economic impact to our members.

Contemplate the cumulative effect of these increased costs over 3, 5, 10, or 20 years.

Summary

Beyond the obvious huge increases, the administration’s proposal shifts the burden to the sick and to the lowest-paid. It is clear why unilateral changes to our healthcare arrangements are not acceptable.