Faculty union rejects deal offered by University of Akron

Cleveland.com reports the acrimony between the administration and the faculty at the University of Akron has gotten worse.

Since the proposed agreement was rejected, Akron-AAUP’s current contract will remain effective until Dec. 31, 2020. Faculty whose jobs were eliminated as part of the July 15 cuts will no longer be employed as of Aug. 22, pending an arbitration ruling.

The union has announced it will take two grievances to arbitration: the university invoking a clause in the union contract that allows for layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs of faculty members, regardless of tenure or rank, and UA invoking the contract’s “force majeure” clause, which says that “unforeseen, uncontrolled and catastrophic circumstances” beyond the control of the university could make implementing parts of the bargaining agreement impossible or unfeasible.

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