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Bunch, Peeples to Headline Annual Meeting

Press Release | September 19, 2022

The OCAAUP annual meeting will take place October 28-29. There are in-person and virtual options to participate. For complete details and registration, click here. We are pleased to announce that we will have two guest speakers featured at the meeting. Journalist and author Will Bunch will be joining us virtually during the lunch hour to talk about his […]

Take Advantage of AFT Student Debt Management Program

Press Release | July 26, 2022

As of August 1, 2022, all AAUP members will also be members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), as a result of the affiliation agreement ratified by both organizations this summer. One of the many benefits of being an AFT member includes access to a program called “Summer” for student debt management, which simplifies the […]

Mid-Summer 2022 Updates

Press Release | July 14, 2022

The AAUP Votes to Affiliate with AFT At the National AAUP biennial meeting in June, delegates from around the country approved the agreement for the AAUP to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which also entails affiliation with the AFL-CIO.The Ohio Conference AAUP is pleased that the AAUP is more formally becoming a part of […]

Petition to Ohio Legislators: Increase STRS Employer Contributions

Press Release | June 21, 2022

If Ohio kept up with the average employer contribution rate of the other non-Social Security states, STRS would annually be adding an additional $1 billion towards funding Ohio teacher and professor pensions.  It’s unreasonable to go 38 years without an employer rate increase. Sign the petition today: http://strsohioemployercontributionrate.com/

Two Arbitration Awards for Akron RIF Faculty

Press Release | June 14, 2022

Two University of Akron faculty who were part of the “reduction in force” (RIF) that occurred in 2020 won their arbitration cases. You can read the text of the decisions here: https://akronaaup.org/app/uploads/2022/06/Ramlo-Award.pdf https://akronaaup.org/app/uploads/2022/06/Prichard-Award.pdf

OCAAUP Under the AAUP-AFT Agreement

Press Release | March 28, 2022

On March 7, National AAUP sent information to all members regarding the tentative agreement that they have reached with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The agreement represents months of negotiations to establish a closer working relationship with the AFT. The AAUP already has been involved in joint unionizing campaigns with the AFT for many […]

STRS Board Votes for Benefit Plan Changes

Press Release | March 28, 2022

At the March meeting of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) Board, the Board voted in favor of two benefit plan changes — one that impacts current retirees, and one that could impact certain future retirees.The approved changes take effect on July 1, 2022, and include: A one-time 3% cost-of-living increase (COLA) that will be […]

Vote Jones, Sellers for STRS Board

Press Release | March 28, 2022

In early April, faculty who belong to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) will receive a ballot in the mail to vote for STRS Board members. Eligible voters will be able to cast their votes by mail, phone, or online. Given the continued mail delays, we recommend casting your ballot by phone or online. The […]

Miami University Faculty Launch Unionization Effort

Press Release | February 3, 2022

On February 2, the Miami University advocacy chapter of the AAUP announced at a membership meeting that they are launching a card campaign to unionize the faculty at the university. The decision to initiate a union campaign was prompted by long-standing issues impacting working conditions, shared governance, academic freedom and compensation. Cathy Wagner, President of […]

Former Professor Leaves Gift to OCAAUP

Press Release | February 3, 2022

At the beginning of this year, we received notice from the attorney of the late Harmon Dean Cummings of a gift in the amount of $2,000 to the Ohio Conference AAUP. In his will, Cummings specified that the gift should be used “to provide assistance to faculty in need of an advocate.” Dr. Cummings was the […]

Announcing Candidates for 2022 OCAAUP Elections

Press Release | February 3, 2022

Below are the candidates who are running for this year’s OCAAUP elections: President: Gretchen McNamara, Wright State University Secretary: Lisa Voigt, Ohio State University At-Large Member from Private Institution: Peter J. Tandler, Walsh University We thank Professors McNamara, Voigt, and Tandler for stepping up to run for these positions!Despite there being just one candidate per […]

STRS Update: Mitigating Rate Reduction

Press Release | January 10, 2022

Mitigating rate will decrease for ARP participants At the December 2021 State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) Retirement Board meeting, it was announced that the “mitigating rate” — the rate charged to participants in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) — will decrease from 4.47% to 2.91% of payroll for Fiscal Years 2023 through 2027. The mitigating rate is designed […]

OCAAUP Works for You

Press Release | January 10, 2022

Happy New Year! Here is how OCAAUP works for you. We thought that the New Year would be a great time to remind our members about the ways that the Ohio Conference serves faculty interests. We know that OCAAUP may sometimes seem like a mystery. You likely are most in tune with the AAUP at […]

Get Involved with STRS

Press Release | November 24, 2021

Opportunities to engage in pension issues If you are a member of the defined benefit State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) pension, there are a couple of ways that you can get more involved in pension issues to be an advocate for yourself and your peers. Healthcare and Pension Advocates CoalitionFor many years, Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum […]

November 2021 Legislative Update

Press Release | November 24, 2021

Legislature wrapping up 2021 session As 2021 wanes, the Ohio General Assembly remains in session. However, both the House and Senate have stated that they do not expect to meet past December 9; although as with anything with the legislature, that is subject to change. Below are updates on HB 218, HB 327, and SB […]