Sen. Brown says he's "proud" of WSU faculty and students as strike continues


    Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks during a debate at the Idea Center in Playhouse Square, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long, Pool)

    FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Friday marks the fourth day of a faculty strike at Wright State University.

    As the gridlock continues, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D), is weighing in on the situation. In a statement released Friday morning, Sen. Brown said, "I'm proud of the faculty and students demanding better benefits for those who've helped make it [Wright State] the premier institution it is today." Brown went on to say he supports the rights of workers to band together and "fight for better working conditions."

    On Thursday, Wright State filed with the state to have the strike declared unauthorized. The university said AAUP-WSU is striking for a reason that's prohibited by state law, saying its executive committee specifically instructed members to "confound" Wright State's efforts to operate and provide courses during a strike.

    Wright State files to end faculty union strike by having it declared unauthorized

    FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Wright State University has filed with the state to have them declare the ongoing faculty union strike declared unauthorized. In the filing with the State Employment Relations Board, the university said the AAUP-WSU is striking for a reason prohibited by state law, and that its executive committee had specifically instructing all members in writing to "confound" the university"s efforts to continue operating and providing courses during a strike.

    If the state rules in favor of Wright State, it would mean union members would have to quit all strike activity immediately.

    On Friday there will be a Board of Trustees is holding an emergency meeting, where the board will go into Executive Session. Wright State has extended the time period of when students can drop out and receive a full refund until February 1.

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