Professors’ union authorized to strike after online vote


KSU faculty, staff, and supporters silently protest outside of the Kiva center on November 19th, 2015.

Matthew Merchant

More than 90 percent of the members of Kent State’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP-KSU) have voted to authorize a strike if a collective bargaining agreement is not agreed upon.

According to information on the union’s website, results from an online poll held last week reveal that 425 members voted “yes” in favor of the strike. The vote count was 425-30. Of non-members who responded to the vote, 80 percent were also in favor. 

The Executive Board of AAUP-KSU now has authority to begin a strike if a contract between Kent State and the union are not reached.

According to the website, both parties are currently in the fact-finding process and negotiations are set to continue.

For more information, find out what you need to know about the potential strike on

Matthew Merchant is a senior reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].