Paul L. Caron

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cleveland State, AAUP Release Documents on Law Profs' Complaint Over 'Satanic' $666 Merit Raise

Cleveland Marshall LogoFollowing up on Tuesday's post, Cleveland State Law Profs File Unfair Labor Practice Charge: 'Satanic' $666 Merit Pay Raise Was Retaliation for Union Activities:

Cleveland State has publicly released its response to the  unfair labor practice charge, and the AAUP Chapter today issued this press release in response.

Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Cleveland State University's Law Professors Call Merit Raises of $666 "Satanic":

In what they are calling a satanic retaliation against unionizing, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law professors say their dean unlawfully gave merit raises of $666.

Cleveland State University's chapter of the American Association of University Professors has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the State Employment Relations Board, which certified the AAUP in June as the bargaining unit for about 37 law school faculty.

Professors claim that merit raises of $0 or $666 issued by Dean [and Tax Prof] Craig Boise on July 1 to eight union organizers were “a poorly veiled threat in opposition to AAUP’s organizing and concerted activities,” according to the complaint filed with SERB on Aug. 29. “In effect Dean Boise has called AAUP’s organizers and AAUP Satan,” it said.

The number 666 is universally considered evil and a symbol of the antichrist or the devil.

The $666 merit raise was a “function of mathematical calculation” and the lowest merit increase was initially supposed to be $727 but had to be recalculated based on an incorrect salary in the merit pool, according to a seven-page response by CSU’s chief human resources officer Jesse Drucker. That fact “eviscerates the claim that Dean Boise intentionally demonized union organizers through the amount of their merit pay increase,” he wrote in the Oct. 8 letter to SERB.

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It's interesting how the university's response begins by pointing out the sloppy lawyering in the law professors' filing.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Oct 31, 2013 1:04:57 PM

What a waste of newsprint, or bytes, as the case may be. Any sentient being recognizes that certain basic arithmetic returns a value of 666 or 667 (decimal points aside), depending on whether you round down or round up. Gimme a break.

Posted by: Jake | Oct 31, 2013 11:42:18 AM