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The Ohio University Classified Employee organizing campaign to form their Union is generating a ton of outside support. Letters of support have been written and delivered to President Nellis from Senator Sherrod Brown, State Representative Jay Edwards, Athens Mayor Steve Patterson, and many more to come. Stay tuned as the list continues to grow. 

On Monday, September 16, 2019, 200 protesters circled Galbreath Chapel on Ohio University's College Green in anticipation of the arrival of William Messenger, staff attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Protest attendees includes Ohio University students, Athens community members, and local Union members. Dominic Detwiler, a senior at OU was the main organizer of the protest and was quoted in The Post saying that Messengers, "ideology doesn’t follow anything that anyone in this community really stands for".

Check out the September 11, 2019 article in The Athens News about the Ohio University Classified Employee Unionization efforts. Jacob Jakuszeit, who chairs OU’s Classified Senate and works in Alden Library on main campus shares his thoughts on why he's working to form a Union for him and his coworkers. “My objective is to have better financial security for the people who help run the university- We want at a very deep level to make this place the best it can be….

On June 21, 2019, The Athens News released the article, Trustees grant OU president $72K bonus, $7K raise. In the article, written by Connor Morris, Associate Editor of The Athens News, it notes, "In total, Nellis' base yearly salary will now be roughly $489,000.