Dear Faculty,
 
Good news out of Wright State University Sunday night. The AAUP-WSU negotiations team came to a tentative agreement with the administration and voted to end the strike that had stretched into day 20.

AAUP-KSU is the Kent State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. At the national level, the AAUP is known for its work in promoting positive academic values and shared governance, as well as protecting faculty against attacks on tenure and academic freedom. AAUP-KSU shares those interests and also serves as the collective bargaining agent for all full-time faculty at Kent State University. First established in 1978, there has been an AAUP chapter at Kent State for forty (40) years.

Membership entitles you to an active voice in determining the issues, goals, and priorities of AAUP-KSU and to voting rights with regard to contract issues. In particular, membership gives you an active voice in determining the issues and priorities established for negotiations.

Colleagues,
 
Thank you for the confidence you have shown in your negotiations team. The team is working hard on our behalf and your support and engagement is acknowledged and appreciated.    
 
In the member vote, 95% (456-24) voted YES to authorize a strike should AAUP-KSU deem it necessary to secure a fair contract. Member turnout was 80.13%.
 
In the non-member poll, 81.1% of respondents were in favor of authorizing a strike.
 
Of the collective bargaining unit members who participated, 93% responded YES to authorizing a strike.
 
Status of negotiations: AAUP-KSU and the administration are currently involved in bargaining sessions mediated by a Federal Mediator who was appointed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  Should the parties be unable to reach agreement soon, AAUP-KSU will request Fact-Finding by a neutral third party who will issue a non-binding report. As we go forward, we will continue with negotiations as according to our contract, negotiations in good faith are to continue throughout the Fact-Finding process.  
 
Thank you again for your support,
 
Melissa D. Zullo
AAUP-KSU Chapter President
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