State labor board ruled faculty strike can continue

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio labor board has ruled the faculty strike at Wright State University can continue.

The State Employment Relations Board decision Sunday followed arguments from the faculty union and the university. University officials had filed an unfair labor practices complaint asking the board to stop the strike, claiming it was unauthorized and workload complaints couldn’t be included in collective bargaining.

The union’s attorney argued workload was previously agreed to separately from collective bargaining and the strike is lawful.

WSU President Cheryl Schrader’s statement Sunday said union “actions to prevent the university from operating are having a significant toll.”

The strike began after the union rejected employment terms issued by school trustees in areas including health care and pay. The suburban Dayton school said it offered the best terms it could.