The AAUP-WSU doesn not “entirely share the administration/ board’s perspective” on the state of negotiations, the organization said in its own press release.
Tensions between administrators and members of the Wright State chapter of the Association of American University Professors reached a peak late last month. Faculty union members protested at a budget forum and threatened to call a strike if a deal was not reached.
The protest came after the union said the administration offered faculty a contract with no raises, reduced benefits and higher health care costs, which would effectively amount to a pay cut. The possibility of faculty furloughs has also been in discussion.
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In her email, Schrader thanked faculty and staff for helping the university to overcome some of its challenges.
Wright State’s board of trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s budget in June. Administrators have left several jobs vacant in an effort to reduce costs this year and boost Wright State’s reserve fund by at least $6 million.
“We are emerging stronger as a university by harnessing our collective pride in Wright State, and by transforming the lives of the students who trust us with their time and treasure,” Schrader wrote in the email.