Bowling Green State University (BGSU) administration and faculty association
are at odds over faculty cuts and contract negotiations, as well as a
membership list of the faculty association.
both sides have filed an unfair labor practice complaint, and the school's
image may be caught in the middle of the whole debate.
last thing we want to do is tell students they shouldn't come to [BGSU]," said
David Jackson, president of the faculty association. "BGSU is still a great
university, but the administration is making decisions that will make it more
difficult for students to graduate on time, make classes larger, make it more
difficult for students to have one-on-one relationships with faculty, and we
are trying everything we can to prevent them from making this big mistake."
school is planning to cut 100 employees in the near future. They have now asked
the faculty association for a list of its members, but the association fears
the list will be where the cuts come from.
do not believe the administration has any right to have a list of our
membership," Jackson said.
he added that they also think they are doing the administration a favor by
denying the request.
they don't have our membership list, then it makes it more difficult for
somebody to claim that they were retaliated against and fired because of their
union membership," he said.
parties will meet February 23 to continue contract negotiations.
officials sent this statement:
BGSU administration continues to negotiate in good faith with the BGSU faculty
association for our first collective bargaining agreement with the goal of
reaching a mutually beneficial contract. Negotiations have now moved to
fact-finding. In keeping with our commitment to the faculty association to
negotiate at the bargaining table, and not in the media, BGSU will not be