Earlier today, Tuesday, April 14, House Republicans unveiled Substitute House Bill 64, which contained their revisions to the governor’s budget.
Most alarming about the substitute bill were new provisions that would reclassify faculty as managers if they participate in any sort of decision-making at their institutions.
If faculty are managers, then they are not employees, which means they are ineligible to participate in collective bargaining.
The Legislative Service Commission’s comparison document of the executive budget versus the current version explains how the current version would change Ohio Revised Code Section 4117:
–Specifies, for the purposes of Ohio’s Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Law, that faculty members of state institutions of higher education are considered supervisors or management level employees if they participate in decisions with respect to courses, curriculum, personnel, or other matters of academic or institutional policy.
–Specifies further that faculty members are considered management level employees if they participate in the governance of the institution (either individually or through a faculty senate or like organization), or are involved in personnel decisions, the selection or review of administrators, planning and use of physical resources, budget preparation, and determination of educational polices related to admissions, curriculum, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research.
–Results in either type of faculty members not being eligible to engage in collective bargaining unless the employer elects to do so. (Currently the employer must collectively bargain if the faculty members elect to do so.)
Plain and simple, this is an attempt to eliminate faculty unions at Ohio’s public colleges and universities.
We are working with our allies in the legislature to draft an amendment to remove these “Yeshiva”-like provisions. We likely will be calling upon our members and allies to contact legislators in the very near future, but we wanted to make you aware of this development right away.