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Anti-Union Bill Curbs Rights of College Teachers, Too

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A clause in Ohio’s new anti-union law may spell the end of collective bargaining for the state’s public college teachers.

The clause on page 272 reads:

With respect to members of a faculty of a state institution of higher education, any faculty who, individually or through a faculty senate or like organization, participate in the governance of the institution, are involved in personnel decisions, selection or review of administrators, planning and use of physical resources, budget preparation, and determination of educational policies related to admissions, curriculum, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research are management level employees.

As all faculty members participate in the enumerated duties, the clause now defines faculty as “management,” and therefore may – within the strict letter of the law – limit their rights to bargain.

Legal challenges are already in the works, and Democratic opponents to the anti-union bill have already begun the process of trying to nullify the law by referendum.

Via The Progressive.

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