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Members of the media may contact OFT Communications Director Lisa Zellner at 614-257-4195 (office) or 614-619-2771 (cell).

Bill would end disparity between staff teaching college courses

(Columbus - March 5, 2013) Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) and Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) Thursday will introduce a bill to end employment discrimination for graduate assistants and adjuncts at Ohio's public colleges and universities. The bill would remove an exemption from state law that prohibits these part-time employees from collective bargaining.


Teachers Convene to Set Policy for Union

The 2013 Ohio Federation of Teachers convention opens Feb. 21 with President Melissa Cropper's State of the Union address and a lobby activity with some 300 delegates meeting with legislators about public education. 


Release: State Representatives’ Focus on School Funding is Spot On

Early childhood education critical to student success; transparency, tax relief owed to citizens -- Statement by Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper

(Columbus - Jan. 30,2013) Ideas pushed today by state Reps. Teresa Fedor, Debbie Phillips and Matt Lundy are spot on for where Ohio needs to focus its next education budget. Identifying early childhood education as a key priority is a huge step in strengthening the foundation of every child’s learning and future achievement. 

Attacks on workers' rights halted

OFT applauds the House Finance Committee for stopping attacks on workers' rights by removing amendments eliminating collective bargaining and pensions for some teachers. The bill was approved by the House April 22 without those SB 5-like provisions and now goes to the Senate. 


Unions and the community are 'a natural coalition'

Solution-driven unionism may have been the overarching theme of the 2013 joint conference of the AFT Healthcare and AFT Public Employees divisions, but the importance of community engagement was the biggest takeaway message for the 450 AFT members and guests who gathered in Baltimore, April 25-27. Read more.