||Brad Meyer, Director of Public and Media Relations
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Fact Finder Issues Settlement Recommendation
For Owens Community College
Owens Community College earlier today received the Fact Finderís Report from the State Employment Relations Board. Fact-Finding is a continuation of the negotiations process that the law provides for as a way of resolving contract disputes.
The Collegeís Board of Trustees will be reviewing, and acting on, the Fact Finderís Report at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 16) at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Findlay- area Campus in Room 102.
The Fact Finderís Report was prepared by Louis M. Thomson Jr., who served as Executive Director of Toledoís Labor Management Citizens Committee from 1971-91. A resident of Toledo, he is a panel member of the American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. In addition to working in Ohio, Thomson also assists in Michigan and Florida as a third party mediator.
Both the College Administration and Owens Faculty Association (OFA) mutually selected Thomson as the Fact Finder. Thomson was assigned the task of making a neutral recommendation for resolution of all outstanding contract related issues.
The Fact Finderís Report includes, but is not limited to, the following provisions:
According to Ohio law, the OFA cannot strike unless three-fifths of its membership first votes to reject the Fact Finderís recommendation. Alternatively, the OFA could strike if the Collegeís Board of Trustees votes to reject the Fact Finderís 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.
- Retroactive to February 17, 2004, the Fact-Finder has recommended a 4 percent increase to all bargaining unit members, with a 3 percent increase in 2005 and a 3 percent increase in 2006.
- For faculty bargaining unit members, a retroactive 4 percent increase will result in an average lump sum payment of $1,464, payable on or about December 3, 2004.
- For non-faculty bargaining unit members, a retroactive 4 percent increase will result in an average lump sum payment of $853, payable on or about December 3, 2004.
- With respect to health insurance benefits, the Fact Finder re-affirmed the Collegeís proposal, which includes minor plan design changes but no concurrent employee contribution to premium costs. Simply stated, the College will continue to pay 100 percent of the health care premiums.
ďMr. Thomson is a well-respected labor mediator,Ē said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. ďHis reputation as a non-biased, third party mediator is commendable. I am sure both parties will give consideration to Mr. Thomsonís recommendations before voting on this settlement proposal.Ē
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 bachelorís degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.