Cincinnati State employees could strike

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Faculty at Cincinnati State have rejected a fact-finder's recommendations for resolving disputed issues in the negotiations for a new faculty contract.

In voting conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, members of the Cincinnati State AAUP voted overwhelmingly to reject the recommendations. The vote was 169 to 11 to reject the fact-finder's recommendations. More than 90 percent of eligible faculty voted.

The Cincinnati State AAUP has filed a notice with the State Employment Relations Board stating that a strike will begin on Friday, September 23, at 7 a.m. if a new contract agreement is not completed.

"The College administration proposed that after the change to semesters, faculty work assignments should be 20 percent higher than any other two-year college in Ohio that is operating on semesters, or planning to implement a semester calendar," AAUP Chapter President Paul Davis said.

Cincinnati State plans to switch to semesters in the Fall of 2012.

The faculty contract at Cincinnati State expired on Sept. 5.

Fact-finder Felicia Bernardini of Columbus conducted a hearing at Cincinnati State on Aug. 29. Representatives of the AAUP and the College administration presented their proposals for six unresolved contract articles.

"The workload provisions of the faculty contract have been established through 20 years of negotiations," said Faculty Chief Negotiator Geoff Woolf. "Any fact-finder would find it challenging to understand all of these details in a hearing that lasts only a few hours."

Over 98 percent of Cincinnati State's 200 full-time faculty are members of the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (Cincinnati State AAUP).

The first faculty contract at Cincinnati State went into effect in 1990, and then subsequent contracts were negotiated in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008.

In 1993, 1996, 2005, and 2008, negotiations concluded shortly before a strike would have taken place. Negotiations in 1999 and 2002 were resolved amicably.

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