Union members committed to avoiding a strike and want to continue negotiations with college administrators.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – Just days after the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees voted behind closed doors during executive session to reject an independent, third-party fact finder report, the nearly 150 clerical, technical, and support staff at Cincinnati State, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing a 10-day notice of their intent to strike.
“With the fall semester just weeks away, workers are committed to sitting down and continuing conversations with Cincinnati State administrators that would avoid a strike and any disruption to services to the students, staff and visitors of the college,” said Becky Williams, President of the SEIU District 1199. “We will meet with our negotiating committee to discuss the effective date of the strike notice over the next week and are fully committed to working out an agreement between workers and the college.”
Williams sent a letter to Cincinnati State President O’Dell Owens asking to sit down and discuss the rationale behind the Board of Trustee’s decision to reject the report and to call for continued talks between the parties last week, but calls and emails to Dr. Owens have not been returned.