Faculty members at Wright State University in Ohio ended a 20-day strike Sunday evening—the longest such labor action in the state’s history and the second longest at a public college anywhere in the U.S. The strike started following the imposition of a contract by the school that educators say worsened working conditions and decreased benefits. This is Crystal B. Lake, a faculty member from Wright State, speaking to Democracy Now!
Crystal B. Lake: “Fifteen thousand students here, they are from low-income families. They’re first-generation college students. They’re veterans. They’re differently abled. They’re nontraditional students. Most of us at Wright State are here in the first place because we’re deeply committed to our university’s mission of ensuring that a wide range of students can benefit from advantages conferred by an affordable and high-quality college degree.”
We’ll have more on this story after headlines with Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the American Association of University Professors.