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“There’s very strong language in the contract now,” Kich said. “No fact-finder is going to be able to look at it and say: ‘they gave up their right to bargain over health care.’”
Board of trustees chairman Doug Fecher agreed that the new agreement has “some guardrails” in place so the union would be able to continue bargaining over health care in the future. With the strike over, Fecher called on each side to put aside their differences.
AAUP-WSU members will also receive a 2.5 percent raise in 2022 and a 2.5 percent raise in 2023. But, the raises will not necessarily make up for financial concessions accepted by the union in health care and other areas, Kich said.
Under the deal, faculty union members can be furloughed for one day per semester and workload and layoff language will remain the same.
“This agreement serves Wright State University and our students well.,” president Cheryl Schrader said in a prepared statement. “Both parties made substantial concessions to help move the university forward together.”
Our higher education reporter Max Filby covered the Wright State strike from the beginning. Follow him on Facebook and on his Twitter page at @MaxFilby