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1/20/10   Hearings are in progress in the House Commerce and Labor Committe on HB 365; one took place on 1/12 and another is tentatively scheduled for 1/26.  If you would like to testify in person or send written testimony, please contact us using the form below or contact Darold Johnson at the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) at djohnson@oft-aft.org or 614-257-4191.  OFT's testimony can be found at their website (see link below). Download a report on the hearing here:
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11/12/2009  HB 365 INTRODUCED IN OHIO HOUSE --  Rep. Kathleen Chandler (D) has introduced HB-365 to remove the restriction on recognizing part-time faculty and graduate student associations for the purpose of collective bargaining.  It is co-sponsored by Reps Robert Hagan, Mike Foley, Scott Oelslager, Brian Williams, Kenny Yuko, John Dominick, Debbie Phillips, Michael Skindell, Mark Okey, Marian Harris, Tom Letson, Raymond Prior, Dan Steward, Lorraine Fende, and Sandra Harwood. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES ON THIS LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND ON LOBBYING EFFORTS TO SUPPORT IT.

9/28/09  SB-129 INTRODUCED IN OHIO SENATE -- Matt Williams, Vice President of New Faculty Majority (NFM) and Chair of the University of Akron Part-time Faculty Association Organizing Committee, reports that Senator Fred Strahorn (D) has introduced SB-129 in the Ohio Senate, which would remove the restriction on recognizing part-time faculty associations for the purpose of collective bargaining.  It is co-sponsored by Senators Dale Miller (D), Sue Morano (D) and Ray Miller (D).  Representative Kathleen Chandler (D) and W. Scott Oeslslager (R) have promised to co-sponsor identical legislation in the House.

8/29/09 LABOR SECRETARY SOLIS ENDORSES THE RIGHT OF P-T FACULTY TO ENGAGE IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
In a statement made in response to an inquiry by AFT President Randi Weingarten, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has affirmed the right of part-time faculty to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.  "Adjunct faculty are being particularly hard-hit by the financial crisis at the state level. They deserve to be represented in collective bargaining, and their collective bargaining agreements should be respected," the Secretary said. See http://www.aftface.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=70&Itemid=63