May 1: Day of Action & Solidarity

On Friday, May 1, also known as “May Day” and “International Workers’ Day,” we are encouraging all faculty to participate in a day of action and solidarity.

Every corner of society has felt the impact of COVID-19, including academia. As college and university administrations address revenue losses, faculty have been a key target for spending reductions, especially contingent faculty.

The purpose of this day of action and solidarity is to show support for all faculty in Ohio higher education: graduate students, adjuncts, full-time non-tenured, as well as tenured and tenure-track.

We also want to highlight the importance of higher education in training the essential healthcare workers that are battling COVID-19 on the front lines everyday, as well as the role that higher education will play in the economic recovery.

Please consider taking any or all of the following actions on May 1:

1) Use your social media to tell your story and support colleagues.
-Share your stories about shifting courses online, teaching online, impact to students, being furloughed, facing program elimination, etc.

-Post photos of yourself (wearing red!) with text or holding one of the signs we created showing support of faculty that are facing uncertain futures, as well as the importance of higher education, and how faculty train the healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic.

-Use the following hashtags: #OneFaculty, #OhioFaculty, #Solidarity, #RedforEd. Be sure to tag us on Twitter and Facebook with the handle @OHaaup.

2) Add your name to this Solidarity Statement.
-Click here to read our solidarity statement, add your name, and share it.

3) Ask your state legislators to support House Bill 603, which would require the Chancellor to conduct a study to assist institutions of higher education and students during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here to learn more about HB 603 and to send messages of support to your State Representative and State Senator.

4) Participate in our webinar: Friday, May 1 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm
-We will be airing the recording of the 45-minute Webinar on Financial Exigency and Program Elimination that Joerg Tiede of National AAUP recently hosted. We will use the remaining 15 minutes of the hour for Q&A about Ohio-specific issues, led by OCAAUP President John McNay.

-The webinar will help participants understand AAUP policies on financial exigency and program discontinuance. These are the policies that many institutions have adopted in their handbooks. This will help faculty learn how they can hold their institutions accountable for handling budget problems in a way that ensures faculty positions and programs are not arbitrarily eliminated.

Click here to register for the webinar. There are 100 spots available.

-If we max out on registrants, we will consider adding another session on May 1 or at a later date.

Here are relevant resources from National AAUP:
Coronavirus Information Page
One Faculty Campaign Statement of Principles