AFSCME Council 8 President John A. Lyall, standing, and Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga were guest lecturers at an undergraduate course focused on organized labor offered at Ohio University.
The for-credit course is an outgrowth of recent organizing activities and was promoted by the faculty and student organizations. Currently, Ohio Council 8 is working with the Resident Advisors seeking to form a union for the individuals who play a vital role in the success of Ohio University’s on-campus life experience.
OU’s resident advisors approached AFSCME as a natural fit because the university’s blue collar service and maintenance workers are represented by AFSCME Local 1699
“We’re talking about labor’s history, but also showing how that heritage holds the solutions to the same questions workers have always faced – including today’s workers. Will I have a job, will the pay be fair, will it be safe, will I be treated with respect? On a level playing field labor wins on these issues,” Lyall said.
Currently, the organizing committee committed to continuing our organizing effort..