Joint Statement on United Auto Workers and Oberlin College Negotiations
April 21, 2020
For the past several weeks, Oberlin College and the United Auto Workers have engaged in negotiations regarding the contracts of custodial and dining services workers that expire September 30. These discussions are continuing.
Meanwhile, no union members have been forced into layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The College and UAW have maintained minimal operations on campus, where about 250 students remain, since Governor Mike DeWine issued his stay-at-home order on March 22.
The health and safety of all people on campus is a priority concern and both the UAW and the College have worked hard to adhere to safety protocols. Social distancing, hand washing and other personal health measures are strongly encouraged. Those who feel ill or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above, are told to remain home.
In this unprecedented situation, it is important that methods to improve health and safety on campus be consistently re-evaluated for potential improvement.
It is possible for two parties to disagree on issues and still work constructively to resolve their differences.
Thank you to the healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers who are performing their professional duties during this pandemic.
UAW International Representative, Local 2192
Chief Human Resources Officer, Oberlin College