FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – This week Wright State University was forced to cancel some classes for the semester amidst the ongoing faculty union strike. Now the university is advertising for long-term faculty to replace those on strike.
Both sides are digging in over an ideological battle over the healthcare plan. Students are still stuck in the middle.
Senior Jack Keller says, “Every credit hour in the semester I need to graduate. So if these three credit hours doesn’t get covered, I could potentially miss graduation by three credit hours.”
There was concern on campus Tuesday, especially for Wright State seniors, as the impact of the striking faculty union delivered its biggest blow yet: this week some department heads pulled the plug on some classes, telling students “they were canceling those classes so students could make arrangements and pick up alternative classes.”
On a statewide conference call, the union downplayed the announcement. AAUP-WSU Contract Administration Officer Noeleen McIlvenna says, “We still hope to salvage the semester. If the trustees will come back quickly, we can get everybody back.”
Many students have been without instructors for the duration of the strike. The university has said 20% of classes taught by striking faculty are uncovered. Now they confirm they’ve “begun posting advertisements for long-term adjuncts as the union’s strike continues.”
Marty Kich, the President of AAUP-WSU, says, “I think that’s the most recent scare tactic. We’ve gotten all kinds of misinformation. So this is just another scare tactic.”
Tactic or not, the reality is students are forced into tough positions, through no fault of their own.
Senior Jack Keller says, “I already started my job search, I’ve already been telling employers I plan to graduate in May. So that could set me back months of work just because I couldn’t graduate this semester.”