Ohio Conference - OHIO ACADEME
March 10, 2011 Issue VIII OCAAUP Academe Winter 2001
The Board of Trustees for the Ohio Conference of the AAUP is made up of highly motivated elected volunteers who serve the needs of over 4000 members of the AAUP members and Faculty in general in the State of Ohio. They work hard on your behalf to support the principles of the AAUP, to protect academic freedom and tenure, to provide skilled assistance to individual members and advocacy chapters, to help address the needs of the current chapters and to help with organizing efforts. They also interact with legislators, policy makers, and the public on behalf of faculty throughout the State. It is a pleasure to serve with the Board to address the recurring and new challenges faced by faculty at private and public universities as your new President. In this message, I promise to continue to re-energize our efforts on your behalf.
Sara Kaminski, the new Executive Director for the Conference comes to us with experience working with the legislature. Based in Columbus, Sara is no stranger to political landscape in Ohio. With the OCAAUP Board's recently developed flexible, strategic plan to support our ongoing responsibilities, Sara will be working with the board to address these new challenges. We are re-energized by the challenges and I believe that we are well prepared to address current and recurring challenges with our finite resources.
As part of our effort, we will be reaching out to every AAUP member in the State of Ohio to inform you of our efforts, to learn from you, and to request your support of our efforts in the coming months.Thank you for your support of the OCAAUP elected volunteer Board members. We are here to serve you.
John Cuppoletti, OCAAUP President
Conference Board Nominees and Elections
Last November, the call for nominations for positions on the Board of Trustees went out to the Ohio AAUP Membership. Nominations closed on January 30, 2011.
The following persons have been nominated and are currently standing for election to the OCAAUP Board of Trustees. All nominees are incumbent members of the Board of Trustees who were elected to one-year terms last year when the election of officers was staggered. They will now be running for two-year terms.
Vice President - Lynn Davis, University of Cincinnati
Treasurer - Dave Rubin, Central State/University of Cincinnati (Retired)
At-Large Public Member - Marty Kich, Wright State University—Lake Campus
At-Large Private or Public Member - Sally Dunn- University of Cincinnati
Consistent with last year’s procedures, AAUP Members-in-good-standing should have received an invitation from the National AAUP office to participate in the elections at both the national and state conference levels.
OCAAUP Response to Attacks on Tenure
On Sunday, January 16, an editorial by a former business executive and currently an assistant professor of Finance at Kent State University, appeared in The Columbus Dispatch. Days later a similar guest editorial appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The editorial presented an attack on tenure that the OCAAUP Board felt was so egregiously inaccurate that it demanded a response. The conference communications committee submitted rebuttal "guest editorials to both papers, but were rejected. Ultimately we were successful in getting a letter to the editor in print (seehttp://www.dispatch.com/live/content/editorials/stories/2011/01/22/stereotypes-mar-debate-over-tenure.html).
These most recent attacks on the tenure system are nothing more than a continuation on the decades old systematic devaluation of our profession - something we hope each of you will actively fight against, and we want to provide you with the tools to do so.
We have posted a lengthy collaborative effort to provide, in essence, a set of "talking points" that for our membership across Ohio will use in letters to the editors of their local newspapers, in e-mails to lawmakers, and in communications with your local colleagues. It is time we correct the mischaracterizations of tenure and its role within, and impact on, the academy. Use our argument at every opportunity. We no -longer afford, particularly at this difficult time in our state's history, to simply defend ourselves. It is time to educate all the citizens of Ohio about our principles and our value to the greater social good. We urge readers to use our argument any time you find an opportunity to do so. Read the entire response athttp://www.ocaaup.org/ocaaup-responds.php
The Fight Against Senate Bill 5
Since the day the bill was introduced, the Ohio Conference AAUP has been on top of and fighting Senate Bill 5, the legislation that seeks to take away public employees' rights to collective bargaining. We know that this legislation is a partisan political move by some (not all) Republicans in the state to significantly curtail or eliminate the power of unions in Ohio under the guise of the state budget crisis. On March 2, the Amended Substitute bill passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 17 to 16. It is now being considered by the Ohio House of Representatives, which is conducting hearings this week and is expected to vote on it within the next two weeks. We expect that the bill will pass the House and be signed by the Governor.
Once the bill is signed into law, the labor union coalition, of which the Ohio Conference is a part, will immediately begin working on aveto referendum campaign to repeal the legislation. To succeed, the conference is going to need each AAUP member in Ohio to be active.
Under this sweeping definition, conceivably every faculty member could be labeled a manager, and thus denied the right to collectively bargain. If this language remains in the legislation, and the bill takes effect, professors would essentially have to make the decision of whether they want to participate in a sham of a collective bargaining process or continue to have a mere advisory say in matters like curriculum, subject matters, and other areas of shared governance. Further, we suspect that this Yeshiva-like language may serve as a stepping stone for the Kasich-Petro plan to change Ohio's system of public universities into a system of charter universities.
The Ohio Conference and its members have actively raised our voices in this debate. We have
Delivered fact-driven documents (see
Made hundreds of phone calls and written hundreds of e-mails and letters to the Governor and members of the General Assembly (seehttp://www.ocaaup.org/union-defense-kit.php)
Personally met with at least 21 legislators in the House and Senate
Participated in 12 meetings and conference calls with other labor unions
Delivered formal testimony twice to the General Assembly (seehttp://www.ocaaup.org/union-defense-kit/Fichtenbaum-testimony.pdf)
Kept our members abreast of this quickly moving and ever-changing bill through e-mails, our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Conference-of-the-American-Association-of-University-Professors/139511986112305, and website (see http://www.ocaaup.org)
Our fight, in coalition with the other public employee unions, will continue. We urge each AAUP member to follow through, stay alert, communicate with the conference, and be active. Details will be delivered to each of our members as the situation progresses.
Thinking of Retiring? - Future Changes to STRS
In all of the chaos of Am. Sub. SB 5, we do not want to lose sight of the importance of House Bill 69, sponsored by Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon). HB 69 is the bill that seeks to reform all five state public pension systems, including STRS. On February 16, the House Health and Aging Subcommittee on Retirement and Pensions met and heard a presentation from STRS about their new funding plan, which can be found at:https://www.strsoh.org/pdfs/40-305.pdf. Please note that what is currently in HB 69 is not the new plan; rather, it is what is known as the "October plan" that STRS had come up with last October. It is likely that the bill will be amended to reflect the new plan that STRS voted upon and approved at the end of January.
At an STRS meeting on February 15, their Government Relations staff said that the House plans on passing this bill in early April. It will then move over to the Senate for consideration and enter a committee led by Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati). Sen. Seitz has said that he would like to see all of the plans pass as recommended by their respective Boards. However, the sponsor of the Senate's companion legislation to HB 69 (SB 3), Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina), is a staunch advocate of moving from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan. However, Faber is not on the committee, so Seitz should have control over what happens to this legislation.
The most important aspect of the plan is that it will allow STRS to seek increases in employee contribution rates up to 14% (from the current 10%). This would allow STRS to increase required employee contributions for 1% a year for the next three years, with the additional percent as a mechanism to use if they have to (i.e. if they are not meeting the required 30-year funding period in the future). The plan does not require any additional contributions from the employer; in fact, legislative leadership and the Governor said they refuse to even entertain the idea.
Call for Nominees for Ohio Conference Awards
The Robert E. Kennedy Award for Academic Freedom was established by the Ohio Conference AAUP to recognize individuals who, in a given year or over time, have made significant contributions to the cause of academic freedom. If there is someone you would like to nominate please submit documentation, preferably on letterhead, discussing in detail who your are nominating and why you are making your nomination. Please include contact information for both the nominee and yourself.
The Betty Kirschner/Maita Levine Award was established in 2006 to be given periodically to a faculty member in Ohio who has made exemplary contributions in the areas of collective bargaining and/or women’s rights. The award honors the careers of two faculty members who themselves contributed significantly to the furtherance of collective bargaining and women’s rights in Ohio. Both were past recipients of the Marilyn Sternberg Award given by the Collective Bargaining Congress of the AAUP "to an AAUP member who best demonstrates the concern for human rights, the courage, persistence, political foresight, imagination, collective bargaining knowledge and skills of Marilyn Sternberg." Further details about the awards can be found on the OCAAUP website athttp://www.ocaaup.org/awards.php.
Those wishing to nominate persons for either award should submit documentation, preferably on letterhead, discussing in detail who your are nominating, for what award and why you are making your nomination. Please include contact information for both the nominee and yourself. Please make your submission to:
University of Cincinnati
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0576
The deadline for nominations is March 28th, 2011
OCAAUP 2011 Annual Meeting – April 15-16
The 2011 Annual meeting of the Ohio Conference AAUP will be held Apr. 15-16 at the Columbus Airport Marriott , Columbus, Ohio. Registration forms and other details can be found at the end of this edition of Ohio Academe and on the Conference website.
Please note that our collective sense of unity has never been more important than it is today, making your attendance crucial to the success of our work as educators in Ohio. This year’s agenda is intended to be inclusive and timely.
Agenda for the Annual Conference
Friday, April 15, 2011
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chapter Presidents, Executive Directors, and Representatives Dinner
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Chapter Presidents, Executive Directors, and Representatives Meeting & Reception - Roundtable
Saturday, April 16, 2011
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Breakfast/Business Meeting
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 12:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast / Business Meeting
• Welcome from the Ohio Conference AAUP
• Approval of the 2009 Meeting Minutes
• 2009 Financial Report & 2010 Budget Approval
• Executive Director’s Report
9:30 - 12:00 p.m. Continental Breakfast / Business Meeting (Continued)
• Award Presentation (s)
• Committee Reports
• New Business – and Roundtable
12:00 –12:10 p.m. Break
12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Lunch and Speaker
1:10 - 1:20 p.m. Break
1:20 - 3:15 p.m. Faculty Under Fire: The Attack on Collective
Bargaining, Charter Universities, Action Strategies.
OCAAUP ANNUAL Meeting Registration Form
April 15-16, 2011 - Columbus Airport Marriott - Columbus, Ohio
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AAUP Membership in the Ohio Conference
If you would like to renew or join the AAUP and become a member of the Ohio Conference, there are two avenues for doing so. For persons not affiliated with a collective bargaining chapter, for graduate students, or for those who have retired from their institution and wish to continue their membership, go tohttp://www.ocaaup.org/join.php for complete instructions.
If you are a faculty member of an institution in Ohio which has collective bargaining, contact your local chapter leadership for details on joining the association.