Wright State and faculty union reach agreement


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    FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - With the help of a federal mediator, Wright State University and the faculty union reached an agreement Sunday night.

    The negotiations between the two parties lasted all weekend.

    Wright State University President Cheryl Schrader said both parties made substantial concessions.

    Faculty union president Marty Kich said members are happy to be going back to the classroom. A representative for the AAUP-WSU faculty union, Dr. Noeleen McIlvenna, tells ABC 22/FOX 45 the terms of the deal with the university include administration acknowledging the union's right to bargain over healthcare, restored workload agreement and their right to teach during the summer. Dr. McIlvenna said the union gave financial concessions and will pay more for health insurance and will have no raises between now and 2022.

    The university said on Monday that students should still go to class in accordance with their current schedule, and those who altered their classes should get an email from their department chair about how to move forward. Students who dropped a class last week will be able to re-register for that class with permission from the chair through the end of the week with no late fees applied. Beginning on Monday normal operations and academic calendar will pick back up, and officials will accept all grades and work done by students during the strike.

    Students we spoke to said they are relieved to see their faculty returning to classrooms. " In an email the administration said that the students are being put first and I believe that. It's been a long exhausting situation for the students and I'm glad teachers are back," said student council member, Kevin Jones.

    The Wright State Board of Trustees will meet in executive session to discuss the collective bargaining Monday night at 5:30.

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