Faculty silent protest

A sizable group of protesters (most of them OU faculty) showed up to OU's January Board of Trustees meeting in Walter Hall to protest impending budget cuts and their potential impact on non-tenure-track faculty. The group was quiet, standing in the back of the room as the meeting continued. Photo by Conor Morris.

Ohio University on Friday confirmed that it had issued lay-off notices to 140 employees, all members of the AFSCME Local 1699 union, as the university continues to grapple with an existing budget crisis that has worsened seriously since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began spreading earlier this year.

Those employees – workers such as custodians, culinary and maintenance staff – will have their positions eliminated as of May 31, OU spokesperson Carly Leatherwood said in a statement Friday. Leatherwood called this the “first significant personnel reduction” that OU has implemented so far since the pandemic began.

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