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Published 11/17/2004

Owens Community College Board of Trustees Approve Fact Finder's Report

Owens Community College Board of Trustees earlier today unanimously approved the Fact Finder's 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 College's Board of Trustees reviewed and acted on the Fact Finder's Report at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Findlay-area Campus.

"The Owens Community College Board of Trustees view the Fact Finder's Report as a strong settlement for both parties," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "We look forward to the Owens Faculty Association's vote on the Fact Finder's recommendation."

He added, "Our goal and number one priority is to continue providing higher education and serving our students."

The Fact Finder's Report was prepared by Louis M. Thomson Jr., who served as Executive Director of Toledo's 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.

According to Ohio law, the OFA cannot strike unless three-fifths of its membership first votes to reject the Fact Finder's recommendation. In addition, the OFA would also need to file a 10-day notice of its strike action with the State Employment Relations Board.

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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