April 25th, 2015
On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee removed union-busting
language from HB 64, the budget bill under heavy criticism by Ohio
How this language, straight out of 2011’s Senate Bill 5, got into the
budget bill is something of a mystery. No one is claiming credit for
it. In fact, everyone seems to be running from it. The Inter-University
Council (the council of four-year college and university presidents)
denies any involvement. Several university presidents have denied any
The language comes from a Supreme Court decision in 1980, NLRB v.
Yeshiva University, which found that faculty at private universities who
engaged in service on committees (like curriculum, hiring, or planning)
were management employees and thus ineligible for union membership.
While that ruling has crippled unionization at private colleges and
universities, it has never been applied to public employees at state
college and universities.