UPDATE: Hearing Dec. 12 & 13
SERB Hearing Will Decide Who Votes in Union Election
A caravan of FAM supporters is traveling to FAM's State Employment Review Board hearing on Monday to prove to the administration and their lawyers that we are #OneFaculty. A judge will hear Miami administration’s case for excluding all faculty except tenure-line faculty from our bargaining unit and FAM’s case for including all full-time faculty, librarians, and staff who have faculty duties.
Let's pack the room with strong FAM solidarity! Show your support for FAM’s LUVing, inclusive, and accurate vision. When: December 12 & 13, Monday and Tuesday. Where: SERB HQ, 65 E State Street, Suite 1200, across from the State House in Columbus.
Live SERB Hearing Updates
We'll be live-tweeting the SERB hearing! Follow along on Twitter @famiamioh.
It’s Nearly GOTV Time!
After the hearing, the judge will make a recommendation about who will be in the bargaining unit to SERB. Soon after that, if all goes well and Miami does not create further delays, we'll have an election!
Voter Turnout = Bargaining Power
It's crucial that EVERYONE make a plan to vote! The stronger the election results, the more leverage the union will have at the bargaining table and the better our contract will be. The voting window lasts only two weeks. Faculty & librarians should watch their home mailboxes for the ballot and click here to confirm that their mailing addresses are up to date.
Ask Friends, Family & Students to Support FAM!
Upwards of 1400 supporters have signed FAM's Community Ally petition (students, faculty allies elsewhere, alums, parents). Many--including the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio AFL-CIO, many local unions, and local and state legislators--have also written letters of support for FAM to Miami's administration.
With the Columbus hearings around the corner, it’s time to call on allies in Oxford and beyond to step up. They can pressure Miami to drop objections and let us vote. Ask everyone you know—students, friends, and family—to sign now! Share the petition from @famiamioh on social (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) or send allies to tinyurl.com/LetThemVote.
Get the FAM Facts
As we gear up for GOTV, review and share the FAM Facts with your colleagues! These are the FACTS about unionizing, not the union-busting myths. And see our FAM Facts for International Faculty and for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty!
Real Budget Talk
On November 17, in a talk co-sponsored by #StudentsForFAM, AAUP financial expert Howard Bunsis demystified Miami’s finances. Miami’s financial situation is very strong, said Bunsis, but faculty salaries are lower than our peers—while management and athletics costs are higher. Bunsis also exposed transparency issues, stressing that as a public institution, more of our staffing, enrollment and financial data should be publicly available (something that will happen once we have a collective bargaining unit).
You can watch the full, captioned recording on Youtube and check out the slides. Here's a short clip on Miami's financial health (more clips here):
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