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On Wednesday evening, during an Ohio University Student Senate General Body Meeting, a bill was introduced to, "urge Ohio University to voluntarily recognize the unionization of Classified Staff". In their opening statements, the sponsor and cosponsor shared why it was important and why they wanted to introduce the bill. The sponsor, Eliza Ivan, talked about the relationships she's built with Classified Employees, and how they've made her life easier as a student.

Check out our Febraury Newsletter! Moving forward we will be releasing at least one Newsletter per month to ensure that all Classified Employees are staying up to date with that's happening in their Union campaign. If you have any ideas of what should be included in our next letter, or would like to make a contribution to its content in the form of a letter to the editor, reach out to your AFSCME Organizer, Corissa Spence at (614) 787-2556 or at [email protected]

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 a group of classified workers delivered a letter to President Nellis’s office requesting that he voluntarily recognize a new bargaining unit and Union for Classified Employees. The letter was signed by Classified workers from across the University and now we wait for President Nellis’s response.

On Thursday, October 24th, The Post released a salary guide for all Ohio University employees. In the article The Post notes, "Students, alumni and others within the Athens community have the right to know this information, and The Post will continue to hold Ohio University accountable with our salary guide."

In a letter to the editor in the Athens News on Wednesday, October 16th, Serena McCollum, a Classified Employee at Ohio University writes, "I have worked at OU for 27 years, and this is not an issue of being unhappy or any other labels that some may want to place on you. This has been about giving classified staff a collective voice and a say about their future." She goes on to say, "If you are a classified employee and want your voice heard, please support this effort not only for yourself but for all of your fellow co-workers." 

The Ohio University Classified Employee Union organizing campaign is generating a ton of outside support. Letters of support have been written and delivered to President Nellis from the list of Representatives below, all asking for Nellis to grant voluntary recognition for the formation of a Union for Classified Employees.

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….