Ohio State employed temporary workers on Wednesday to replace union members on strike.
University administrators said in a statement that they are not trying to replace the members of Communications Workers of America OSU local 4501, rather they are simply trying to restore the services which students have paid for and deserve. One such service which has not been restored, however, is food service in the campus dining commons.
The university had hoped to have enough temporary food service workers to run commons areas by Wednesday, but were unable to do so.
“We can’t just take anyone off the street to handle food; they need to be trained and qualified,” said Bill Hall, assistant vice president of Student Affairs.
Buckeye Express locations have been open for students throughout the strike. They have been staffed mainly by managers, he said.
Another foreseeable problem for food services is a shortage of supplies. The Teamsters union and other local delivery services have pledged their support to the striking workers and will not cross picket lines.
Hall said delivery has not been a major problem yet.
“We had a good supply on hand. We knew the strike was coming so we did have a contingency plan,” he said.
Other on-campus services are being restored gradually as temporary workers are added sporadically from various agencies in the area.
“Some days they tell us we’ll have 11 workers, then three show up,” Hall said.
Some CWA union members are also leaving the picket lines and returning to work.
Janitorial services are a priority in residence halls. Hall said it is most important to get the trash picked up and the restrooms cleaned. Meanwhile, resident advisers are still being asked to clean and take out trash.
Striking CWA members question the abilities and the intentions of temporary workers.
“They are just in it to make a few bucks, then they’re down to the corner store,” said Roddey Nagy, a CWA member in the maintenance repair shop.
“We have to be tested (for drugs) before we even start. Do these guys? I don’t think so,” said Terryl Davis, a university electrician.
Davis also said union members breaking the picket lines will be fined by the union.
The union is expected to return to the bargaining table with the university on Thursday evening.
The last offer proposed by the union to OSU is for a $1.25 raise effective July 1, with 65-cent raise in 2001 and a 60-cent raise in 2002.
The proposal does retain the demand to give the same raise to the hospital workers as the campus workers receive, which has been a major sticking point for the university.
On the net:
From the Office of Human Resources
- FAQ Concerning the CWA Union Strike
- Benefit Coverage for Striking Employees
- Paycheck Distribution for Striking Employees
- Benefit Premium Rates for Striking Employees
- Letter to Striking Employees 5/8/00 Continuing benefit coverage during strike
Past Lantern stories:
- Union brings new proposal to the table
- Frustrations escalate in CWA strike
- Faculty, staff pick up slack during strike
- Protesters interrupt Trustees meeting
- Students preserve OSU bus service
- Education comes first, Kirwan says
- OSU`s proposition doesn`t make sense – Editorial
- Board of Trustees runs from protests – Editorial
- Contract`s fate up to members` vote
- Groups hope strike won`t affect events
- Worker hopes for early end to strike
- Unions join students to back strike
- Labor dispute on campus twists daily life of student
- Strike won`t affect stadium`s progress, officials say
- Negotiations resume today
- Union strike date looms as latest negotiations fizzle
- OSU concerned with worker`s rights – just not on campus
- Negotiations continue in union strike
- Walkout could affect instruction
- Wages keep family from dreams
- OSU SAYS CLASS COMES FIRST
SCHOOL TRYING TO EASE DISRUPTIONS OF STRIKE
- OSU says class comes first
- OSU WORKERS: NO DEAL STRIKE TO GO ON; UNIVERSITY MIGHT HIRE MORE TEMPS
- OSU TRUSTEES MEETING DISRUPTED BY STUDENTS WHO SUPPORT STRIKERS
- Union head doubts pact will be OK`d
- OSU offer measures up, official says
- Strike putting dent in campus activities