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WKEF/WRGT: GoFundMe page aims to raise $500k for Wright State union members following strike

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A GoFundMe has been started with the goal of raising $500,000 for the Wright State faculty members who went on strike nearly three weeks.

The AAUP-WSU Strike Fund was created on February 27 and has already raised nearly $7,000.

The GoFundMe states that while the faculty union members "won" the strike, they lost 7.2% of their annual salaries. The strike was the longest in history of higher education in Ohio.

Spokeswoman for the American Association of University Professors, WSU chapter union, Noeleen McIlvenna, told ABC22/FOX45 the contract dispute, which sparked the strike, was not about a pay raise but about quality education that faculty can provide. McIlvenna said the contract they had been working under gave teachers more classes and a higher workload.

According to the GoFundMe, the money raised will be given equally to each faculty member who went on strike, "Your support will keep our best educators in the classroom, rather than working extra jobs with less time to help their students."