Senate Bill 5 would destroy the right of Ohio’s public employees – including those in higher education – to collective bargaining. The state AAUP conference is rallying opposition to this devastating bill. Here’s the latest call to action:
The Ohio AAUP Conference is asking all Ohio faculty to turn out this week for hearings on SB5.
Tuesday, February 15, there will be a hearing at 2:30pm in the South Hearing Room in the Statehouse (for proponent testimony only).
On Thursday, February 17, there will be a hearing at 10:00am, again in the South Hearing Room (for proponent and opponent testimony). Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum, Ohio Conference AAUP Board Member and Professor of Economics at Wright State University, will be testifying on behalf of the OCAAUP at the Thursday hearing.
It is very rare for a committee to meet twice in one week, especially when they are only working on one piece of legislation in both of those committee hearings. This simply could be to accommodate the sheer volume of interested parties who want to testify, but it also could be that they want to rush this bill through the General Assembly. As a result, we need to ensure that all of our members understand the gravity of the situation before us. The time to act is NOW!
We urge each of you to communicate this information to your colleagues, and organize your chapter to come to Columbus on Tuesday and/or Thursday this week to attend the hearings to show solidarity with other union members.
Our national AAUP also denounces the attacks on public employees that are occurring in a number of states; you can track the latest developments and the AAUP response here.