Wright State Administration Labor Relations

Labor Relations

Wright State University and AAUP-WSU on Feb. 10, 2019 reached an agreement for the next faculty union contract that brings the strike to a close.

Some members of AAUP-WSU, the union that represents some of Wright State's faculty members, went on strike beginning Tuesday, January 22 at 8 a.m.

This website serves as the university administration's central source of information and will be updated as the process progresses.

We Remain Open for Business

A university's first duty is to its students and Wright State intends to honor that commitment. The university, including the Lake Campus, plans to remain open during a strike. Wright State will operate under normal hours of operation and class schedule.

Students should continue to attend class in accordance with their regular class schedule. Should any change in a class schedule occur, all enrolled students in that class will be notified via their wright.edu email account. Students with questions may call (937) 775-4828.

During this potential work stoppage, Wright State will continue to provide service to its students; however, service may be modified or reduced. Please be assured, the university will continue to be committed to providing the best service possible, even in these trying times.

Most Faculty Are Not Part of the Strike

Wright State employs over 3,000 people, including over 1,700 full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members of which about 560 are in AAUP-WSU. Neither the Boonshoft School of Medicine nor the School of Professional Psychology has faculty members in AAUP-WSU.

All Wright State employees who are not represented by the AAUP-WSU cannot legally participate in the strike and are required to come to work.

How We Got Here

Over nearly two years, in an attempt to secure short and long-term stability, Wright State negotiators engaged in over 20 different collective bargaining sessions in an attempt to reach a new contract with the AAUP-WSU. Wright State and AAUP-WSU also participated in a number of informal meetings to discuss a new contract.  Additionally, the efforts of a mutually agreed upon federal mediator, and those of a separate mutually agreed upon, independent state arbitrator, known as a fact-finder, were sought to help bridge the disagreements on terms such as pay, benefits and operations.

On October 29, the parties received the fact-finder's report, a compromise proposal to help settle the contract dispute. Noting that neither party got all that they were seeking, Trustees voted unanimously to approve the report as the next contract. AAUP-WSU members rejected it.  With the union rejecting the compromise report, the fact-finder’s recommendations are deemed not binding and therefore again the parties could not bring the matter to a close.  In fact, to date all efforts of the labor negotiators, mediators and fact-finder have been rejected by union leadership.

The Board of Trustees believed it was necessary to move the university forward beyond negotiations.  In this regard, during a meeting held on January 4, the Trustees voted unanimously in public session to implement the terms and conditions of its last, best offer to the AAUP-WSU.  This vote ended negotiations, set forth what the employment terms would be through June 30, 2020 and looked to change the university’s focus to regaining economic stability.

Our Critical Need to Stabilize and Adapt

The university cannot continue on the path to financial sustainability by maintaining the status quo. Wright State's other employees understand this and have accepted reasonable concessions. The university is asking the faculty to do the same.

Wright State has been navigating recovery from a serious financial crisis that required it to address a $30 million structural budget deficit. Employees not represented by the AAUP-WSU have already made concessions in their terms and conditions of employment, including concessions in health insurance. Yet there have been no similar concessions made by AAUP-WSU faculty members as their labor contract has remained unchanged through the financial crisis.

Wright State University is doing everything in its power to preserve the opportunity for you, our students, and the communities we serve to succeed. Maintaining the quality of our academic programs and meeting your needs is our highest priority at Wright State. To accomplish that and remain financially sustainable, we must stabilize and adapt.