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DDN: WSU president tells students to go to class as union prepares to strike

Cheryl Schader speaks to camera

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State University’s faculty union goes on strike at 8 a.m. [Tuesday] morning after offers exchanged late last week failed to reach a resolution.

Faculty plan to picket outside WSU campus entrances along Colonel Glenn Highway and near the Nutter Center. Around one-third of the 560 or so union members will be in the classroom instead of on the picket line, according to the WSU administration. Wright State employs around 1,700 faculty, including adjunct faculty, according to the university.

Classes and operations will continue at the university [Tuesday] despite the strike. Some classes have been consolidated, moved online temporarily or will be staffed by a substitute, including Wright State president Cheryl Schrader who plans to return to the engineering classroom.

Schrader on Tuesday made a public plea to students to attend classes despite the strike and said they shouldn’t worry about crossing possible picket lines near school entries. Student work during the strike, Schrader said, will count toward their overall grade for the class.

“The university will honor our contract with our students,” Schrader said.

If there are any changes to class schedules, WSU leaders will communicate them with students through their Wright State email accounts. The last day students can withdraw from WSU and still get a full refund is Friday, three days after the strike starts.