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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 […]

Call for Nominations for 2022 Elections

Press Release | November 24, 2021

President, Secretary, At-Large Position to be elected We are now seeking nominations for the 2022 Ohio Conference AAUP Board of Trustees’ elections. In accordance with our governing policies, nominees must have been a member for at least two years and current on dues to be eligible for a trustee position. Nominations should be sent to […]

OCAAUP Membership Unanimously Approves Three Resolutions at 2021 Annual Meeting

Press Release | November 8, 2021

At the 71st Annual Meeting of the Ohio Conference AAUP on November 6, members unanimously approved three resolutions. Resolution 1: Education First Whereas the primary mission of Ohio’s colleges and universities is toeducate students, a mission carried out by professors, Whereas colleges and universities have increasingly and irresponsiblydevoted resources to endeavors peripheral to the academic […]

Legislative Updates: HB 327 & SB 135

Press Release | November 1, 2021

During the last week of October, HB 327 was a late addition to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee agenda. After several weeks of no hearings, the committee adopted yet another substitute version of the bill. Here are the highlights: Changes the word “teaching” to “promote” to indicate that “divisive concepts” can be […]

OCAAUP 2021 Annual Meeting: November 6

Press Release | October 1, 2021

We had planned on having an in-person Annual Meeting this year; but as we continue to confront the pandemic, with spiking cases and new variants, we believe it is in the best interests of our membership that we meet virtually. Accordingly, we will meet via Zoom on Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Registration is […]

On September 22: Take Action Against HB 322/327

Press Release | September 20, 2021

Take Action on Wednesday, September 22!: House Bill 322 and Substitute House Bill 327 (details below) are receiving another round of hearings on Wednesday, September 22 in the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee. It is important that committee members hear opposition to these bills. E-mail: We have created an Action Network page through which you can […]