Oberlin College union gets 3-year pact

By Evan Goodenow - egoodenow@civitasmedia.com

A three-year contract has been agreed upon between Oberlin College and the Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees Union.

Union president Sandy Kanuch said the contract was ratified July 12. She wouldn’t release the voting tally, but said 90 percent of those in the approximately 190-member union voted for it.

Kaunch wouldn’t say whether the contract included wage hikes, but said there weren’t any major changes from the previous contract and no major concessions were sought. She said union members earn an average of $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

The union, known as OCOPE, reached its first contract with the college in 1971. In 1978, the union affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union, which is part of the AFL-CIO.

Kanuch said the union has a good relationship with college officials. “They’re willing to listen and they’re willing to discuss and they’re willing to negotiate,” she said.

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By Evan Goodenow