From: Owens Pipeline <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 14:58:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ATTN: All Owens Students
September 22, 2004
Dear Owens Student:
You may already be aware that we at Owens Community College are working
with the Owens faculty to rewrite the current faculty contract. This
is a process that takes place every three years and, as always, our
goal is to keep the focus on you, your educational experience, and your
The Faculty at Owens are the best. They are professionals. Their
first concern is you, and they will be with you, in the classroom, as
we work together to rewrite their contract.
You need to know that any discussions about a strike are premature.
State law does not permit a strike at this time, and we are confident
that together we will reach a positive resolution.
We are glad you are here, and we will keep you informed.
William Ivoska, Ph.D.
"State law does not permit a strike at this time" -- No, but the faculty have gone to a fact-finder, and that's a precursor to a strike. I looked it up in the Ohio Revised Code, and I profess to not being a lawyer. However, when the report comes back from the fact-finder, I think they can strike then or they have some sort of mandatory negotiation period or time limit.
Owens administrators have received pay and benefits increases including $500/month car allowances, $1000+ retirement or other benefit contributions, and in several cases, pay increases of over 4%, some of them happening twice or three times within a 12-month period. The last time I tried to get information out of the administration, they attempted to tell me I could not have it, which is a clear violation of Ohio's sunshine law since such is discussed in public by the Board of Trustees, and the Trustees are appointed by the governor since Owens is a state community college.
If you hear any information concerning faculty contract negotiations or what would happen during a strike, I urge you to leave a comment or contact the media. We students are the ones getting the short end of the stick, no matter what happens.