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Published 10/6/2004

Owens Community College Continues Through Negotiations Process with Faculty Union

Owens Community College is continuing through the negotiations process, whose next step is meeting with a fact-finder who will make recommendations for a resolution to the contract. The College had requested of the Owens Faculty Association (OFA) an extension to the fact-finding process in order to continue to mutually bargain. However, the OFA declined the offer. The fact-finding is scheduled to begin on October 12.

"The fact-finding process is a continuation of the negotiations process that the law provides for, and the College is looking forward to meeting with the fact finder in hopes of resolving the contract," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement.

Both the College Administration and OFA have agreed upon a fact finder. This individual will assess any outstanding contract-related issues and formulate a recommendation, which the OFA and the College's Board of Trustees will vote to accept or reject.

According to Ohio law, the OFA cannot strike unless three-fifths of its membership first votes to reject the fact finder's recommendation. Alternatively, the OFA could strike if the College's Board of Trustees votes to reject the fact finder's recommendations by a three-fifths vote. In either case, the OFA would still need to file a 10-day notice of its strike action with the State Employment Relations Board.

"We are confident that the fact finder will fairly review all material pertaining to the outstanding issues and provide a recommendation that both parties will agree upon," said Dettling.

He added, "Owens number one priority is serving students."

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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