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With No Deal In Sight, Wright State Faculty Strike Continues For A Second Week

Jess Mador

The Wright State Board of Trustees spent more than two hours discussing contract negotiations in an executive session Tuesday night, but didn’t announce a new contract deal. That means the American Association of University Professors strike will likely continue for at least another day.

Representatives from the union and the administration met for several hours Sunday and Monday, but additional negotiating sessions have not yet been announced.

On Monday, both parties said their conversations had been productive, but that some issues remained on the table. A union representative said health care has been a major sticking point in contract talks.

Wright State canceled classes Wednesday and Thursday, citing severe winter weather.

The union canceled picket lines on both days as well, but strike headquarters at the Wingate Hotel will remain open.

Meanwhile, the university has extended the deadline for students to withdraw from classes with no penalty to Feb. 8. The original deadline was last Friday.

Wednesday is the ninth day of the strike. The longest strike in higher education last year lasted 11 days.

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April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.