Inside Higher Ed
April 17th, 2015
Full-time faculty members at Ohio public institutions are objecting
to proposed legislation with big implications for their right to
organize unions. Tucked deep into a 3,090-page budget bill pending
before the state’s House Finance Committee is language that would
reclassify professors who participate in virtually anything other than
teaching and research as supervisors or managers, and therefore exempt
from collective bargaining. So serving on a committee, for example,
turns a professor into a manager.
The language is nearly identical to another, ultimately failed piece
of state-level legislation from four years ago, but faculty members
consider the new bill a serious threat -- and they’re warning
legislators of the possible consequences of its success.
“What would happen if this passes, I think, is that faculty would
choose simply not to do service and without that, universities would
grind to a halt,” said John McNay, chair of the history department at
the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash campus and president of the Ohio
conference of the American Association of University Professors.
“People ought to be aware that we volunteer to do those things.”