FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Top AAUP-WSU union officials left a meeting Thursday, expecting to meet with WSU administration either Thursday night or sometime Friday.
The two sides appear to be communicating through email, but no official time has been set to meet.
Meanwhile, AAUP faculty braved the downpour, holding their line outside of the university.
According to WSU administration, 14 faculty members crossed the line within the last 24 hours.
In all, roughly 49 percent of the faculty as a whole has either crossed the line or never went on strike in the first place.
Both sides appear to be moving closer to a deal. The main sticking point comes down to the right to negotiate healthcare options, instead of having WSU impose something on the faculty as a whole.
“We wanted higher tiers of premiums. We wanted the rich to pay more. I don’t know if that’s a deal breaker. But if they agree to our right to bargain, we can sort out any other details pretty quickly,” said Noeleen McIlvenna, a professor and AAUP-WSU officer.
Early Thursday, AAUP-WSU announced they would head to Columbus on Friday to try and get Governor Mike DeWine’s attention. They still plan to do so.
Technically the two sides could meet before the scheduled 10:30 press conference in Columbus.
“We’ve had meetings before. I don’t know. At one level it could be done in 10 minutes. On another it could be 48-hours,” said McIlvenna.
Within the last 14 days, Wright State says 181 students have dropped out, but that number was 183 last year.
473 students have enrolled within the last 14 days compared to 695 last year. That means recruiting seems to be taking a bigger hit during the strike.
Heading into the weekend, WSU students that are impacted by canceled classes or are worried about graduation can meet with advisers in the Student Union.
“They are upset and they should be. Moving forward, we need to make sure our student body moves forward as one unit,” said Daniel Palmer, WSU’s Student Body President.
Thursday was also the second day of a silent protest outside of President Cheryl Schrader’s office.
Several students slept on the ground outside of the office overnight.
“At times it certainly sucked. I love sleeping. Especially in my bed. The cold hard ground was a bit of an adjustment to make, but it was an easy choice,” said Elyse Angle, a WSU Student.
Some students said they wouldn’t go to the extremes above, but they still support the movement.
“It’s a true testament of the power that students have. I applaud the students that are doing what they’ve been taught to do.Which is express their beliefs. No matter what side you stand on,” said Kevin Jones.
2 NEWS will be in Columbus on Friday as the union holds their press conference.