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Building a Faculty Union at BGSU
Libraries Fight Back!
ALA 2011 Annual Conference
27 June 2011
Source: Mary Bolin, “Librarian Status at US Research Universities: Extending the Typology.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 34.5 (2008): 416-424.
Source: Rachel Applegate, “Who Benefits? Unionization and Academic Libraries and Librarians.” Library Quarterly 79.4 (2009): 443-463.
Librarians as represented faculty at Ohio public universities
Sources: AAUP, NCES, institutional websites, and the 2008-09 Ohio Universities Faculty Salary Survey (The Ohio State University, February 2009).
First BGSU Librarian Ethyl Blum with her staff in 1932. Source: BGSU Centennial Memories.
1978 Faculty consider collective bargaining and complete signature card campaign
Jan. 1979 Vote for collective bargaining fails
1992 Faculty reconsider collective bargaining
Feb. 1994 Vote for collective bargaining fails
Jun. 2008 Faculty gather to discuss grievances; possibility of unionization again raised
Jun. 2008 Faculty present then-provost Cheryl Baugher with petition
Jul. 2008 Faculty Senate and administration meet to discuss grievances
Oct. 2008 AAUP forum for faculty held on BGSU campus
Dec. 2008 Provost Baugher resigns
Spring 2009 BGSU-FA begins signature card campaign
Apr. 2009 Faculty Senate committee releases Faculty Welfare report showing BGSU lags behind in-state peer institutions in terms of salary, benefits, etc.
Fall 2009 BGSU-FA sponsors presentations on healthcare, finances and shared governance for faculty
Jan. 2010 Over half of eligible faculty have signed cards in support of representation under the BGSU-FA
Oct. 2010 Vote on collective bargaining passes
Nov. 2010 Volunteer Steering Committee formed; most colleges (including the library) represented. Bargaining research committees formed and begin research.
Dec. 2010 Board of Trustees significantly alters Academic Charter
Feb. 2011 Librarians meet with Steve Aby, faculty librarian at the unionized University of Akron, to discuss shared governance issues
Feb. 2011 BGSU-FA Constitution ratified by membership
Mar. 2011 SB5 passes Ohio House & Senate and is signed into lawMar. 2011 BGSU-FA holds teach-in about SB5
May 2011 Bargaining Council holds initial meeting
Jun. 2011 Bargaining Council passes first bargaining proposals
Jun 15, 2011: Proposed first day of contract negotiations (rejected by administration)
Dr. Geoff Howes, then Vice President of the BGSU-FA, signing a card in 2009.
Vote was 391-293 in favor of unionization, with over 80% of eligible faculty voting.
Example of changes made to the BGSU Academic Charter by the Board of Trustees, issued December 10, 2010. This is a page from Section IV.C (“Faculty Senate Authority Responsibilities and Functions”): “Policies and Standards Framing Authority of the Senate.”
Photo by Sean Welton
Photo by the Ohio AFL-CIO
Left: Flyer showing BGSU rally against SB5.
Below: Ethnic Studies Professor Emily Lutensky speaking about recent anti-union legislation and labor protests in Wisconsin.