April 8 Letter to BUFMs on Budget Issues

April 8, 2016

To all Bargaining Unit Faculty:

We appreciate the Faculty Senate asking for faculty input into the budget review. Without the creativity and insight of our members, the Administration will likely take the easy way out and resort simply to cutting targets of opportunity to solve the crisis it created.

Unfortunately, the Administration has not provided any firm numbers about the magnitude of the shortfall, which would assist the faculty in providing meaningful input. At the meeting I attended on Wednesday, the Administration has attributed the shortfall to cumulative historical causes, but it has not acknowledged how administrative decision-making has significantly contributed to the deficit. Despite the apparent urgency of the current situation, the Administration has not provided us with a transparent accounting of actual revenues and expenses.

Pursuant to the CBA, the AAUP-WSU will be submitting information requests to ascertain the true magnitude of the problem. We need the Administration to explain how its misplaced priorities landed us in this mess.

The AAUP-WSU remains committed to ensuring that there are no cuts to instruction or faculty scholarship. We call on all members to assist us in protecting our core mission of transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Thank you for your continued support.

Marty
[Marty Kich, President, AAUP-WSU]

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Author: martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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