Faculty Unions in Ohio and Wisconsin Hunker Down

Political climate forces leaders to accept concessions and defeat

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Youngstown State U. students support their faculty in front of the president's office. A bill to curtail collective bargaining for all state employees awaits a referendum in November.

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Youngstown State U. students support their faculty in front of the president's office. A bill to curtail collective bargaining for all state employees awaits a referendum in November.

The attacks on Ohio's and Wisconsin's public-sector unions mounted by fiscally conservative lawmakers this year are forcing unions that represent public-college faculty in those states to rethink their strategies and basic missions.

On the defensive both at the bargaining table and in the political arena, many faculty unions in the two states have been concluding that their attempts to hold their ground on one front can bring disastrous, unintended consequences on the other. The tough