(Toledo, OH) The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4319 announced today that it will call for a January 23 strike if an agreement cannot be worked out with the University of Toledo.
As of this moment, I have not been able to confirm if the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be joining the strike, should it occur.
The biggest issue causing friction between the union employees and the university is that of health care; in particular, pharmacy copayments, domestic partner benefits, and health coverage for spouses are items in which the two sides are far apart.
If it occurs, this would be the first strike in UT history.
Addendum: This is now posted on the UT website, under the happier headline of "Negotiations Continue on Health-care Contract":
Members of the UT administration and employee unions are continuing to negotiate the health-care contract, with one group setting a strike deadline.
The negotiating units will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when the administration will present a counteroffer to the unions.