Here is a recap of the work session discussion and board meeting discussion as it pertains to faculty:
Tuesday evening I called Doug Murray, board chairman to inform him about a potential contract violation. The attached budget assumption will show you that our 3.25% raise has been removed from the budget. This is different than what the budget team presented to Dr. Yowell at Presidents cabinet. He indicated to me that he would inform the board.
Work session, Wednesday 2-3;
Chairman Murray informed the board of our discussion. Followed by the statement that he did not see a problem with the budget not including the raise, if the budget was preliminary and subject to revision. The raise does not take effect until the second August pay, August 31. He also indicated that the union would be negotiating in August (I do not know where he got this information from).
The board agreed to remove the budget from the consent agenda so they could discuss further during the regular meeting.
Regular meeting, Wednesday 3 to ?
The budget was removed from the consent agenda and discussion centered around a preliminary budget or a month to month continuing budget. The board opted for a preliminary budget that could be subject to change. Trustee MeHaffe raised the question of violating the contract. The board agreed they would not willfully violate the contract and hoped that once the State budget is approved, the raise could be paid. Again there was mention of negotiation in August.
The budget was approved.
The board went into executive session, but I spoke to Chairman Murray and indicated to him that the budget the board saw is different than the budget the team gave to Dr. Yowell at Presidents Cabinet.
I will contact our legal representative at OEA to get a clearer picture and to see what Ohio Revised Code can be used if and when we need to file suit.