Rep. Strahorn Advocates For Part-time Faculty Collective Bargaining Rights
Pushes for bill to include part-time college faculty in collective bargaining process
June 12, 2013
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State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) urged lawmakers on Tuesday to approve his legislation, House Bill 96, which would include part-time college faculty in the collective bargaining process at Ohio’s colleges and universities. Currently, part-time faculty and graduate assistants are not covered by Ohio’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law.

“Too many faculty members at our colleges and universities have no job security, or the promise of decent benefits and fair compensation,” Rep. Strahorn said. “Statistically, these employees account for about 52 percent of the workforce at our community colleges, regional and main university campuses, but their wages and conditions don’t reflect this reality. We need to add an element of fairness for those that do so much to educate our state’s future leaders and innovators.”

Many part-time college teachers and assistants are ineligible for unemployment when their positions are terminated. Most lack any form of health insurance, and are excluded from fully participating in campus life through restrictions on office hours and communication with students.

A number of Big Ten schools allow collective bargaining for their part time faculty and graduate assistants. This places Ohio at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to recruiting talented part-time faculty to Ohio campuses.

Nationally, it has been reported that part-time faculty teach over 40 percent of undergraduate courses.

“I am hopeful that the legislature will act on this small, but important, step to promote fairness for part-time teachers at our colleges and universities,” Rep. Strahorn added.

Tuesday was the first hearing of HB 96. Rep. Strahorn is hopeful that the bill will have additional hearings in the House Committee on Education, a panel on which he serves.

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