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Charles E. Wilson Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for Charles E. Wilson. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


Ohio Supreme Court Decision Opens Door to Reducing Benefits, Rights of Online School Teachers

May 29, 2013

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted in an NPR story about a Supreme Court decision that declared online school teachers may be treated more like independent contractors than school teachers. The decision could allow the schools to save on the costs of pension contributions and other employee benefits such as family and medical leave, Wilson said. And it could leave some of Ohio’s more than 1,000 online school teachers without access to benefits and rights that traditional school teachers have.

The Supreme Court ruling opens the door for Ohio's online schools to declare their employees as contractors, Wilson said.

“They’re treating them like if the ESC hired them to replace their sidewalks,” rather than teach, he said of the decision. Wilson is also president of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Ohio State football: Getting in the ’Shoe likely to cost more

January 23, 2013

Professor Charlie Wilson was featured in an article in The Columbus Dispatch, which regarded Ohio State’s Athletic Council recommending an increase in football ticket prices.

Wilson, who is also the council's chairman, said, “Until the final thing is decided upon and submitted to the board of trustees for consideration, I think it’d be premature at this point to begin to speculate exactly what will be the recommendation. … The hope is to keep student tickets prices as low as possible.”

The article was also referenced by the Bleacher Report.

Ohio State ponders 12% hike in ticket prices

January 23, 2013

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in an article in the Toledo Blade about the prospect of The Ohio State University raising football ticket prices.

Wilson, who is also Athletic Council chairman, said: “We don't have the luxury that some athletic departments have of going to the university [for money], and I don't want that ever to happen. … It’s never happened. Our athletic department has always been self-sustaining, and if I have anything to do with it, it always will be. That’s why sometimes you have to cover your expenses to maintain 36 sports programs.”

Ohio State Mulling Substantial Football Ticket Price Hikes, Introduction of Premium Game Pricing

January 22, 2013

Professor Charlie Wilson weighed in on an Eleven Warriors article about the prospect of Ohio State raising its football ticket prices.

“These ticket prices are getting pretty high for folks right out of college,” said Wilson, who is also chairman of Ohio State’s Athletic Council. “You lose your alums at some point if you start pricing them out of the market. One day they’re going to be old alums with money.”

7 of 13 fired officers, firefighters got job back in arbitration

December 9, 2012

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article regarding the reinstated jobs of fired officers in the Columbus area through arbitration. “An arbitrator is bound to follow what the contract says even if you don’t like the contract or think one side or the other shouldn’t have agreed to put that in the contract,” Wilson said. “The second issue is, you have to have just cause to fire someone because that is what arbitrators consider the death penalty.”

7 of 13 fired officers, firefighters got job back in arbitration

December 1, 2012

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted by The Columbus Dispatch in an article about public employees who successfully appealed firings following internal investigations by police and fire divisions. Wilson said arbitrators overturn some terminations because administrators are heavy-handed with offenses such as insubordination or missing work.

“One of the big things an arbitrator will look at is the employee being treated differently than employees who committed the same infraction in the past,” he said. “Has a person ever been warned or served notification of the consequences for their actions, because progressive discipline is a big factor, as well.”

Districts’ spring breaks will no longer match OSU’s

April 2, 2012

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch  in an article dicussing the no-longer aligned spring breaks of The Ohio State University and surrounding school districts. Wilson, a Worthington school board member, is a proponent for keeping the breaks aligned. He said when the breaks were not aligned a few years ago, it made some families less likely to move to the area.

“For some families, spring break is a valuable, important family occasion,” said Wilson. “I know for a fact (having a different spring break) made (Worthington) less attractive to OSU employees."

S.B. 5 fight unlikely to be unions' savior

November 4, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Columbus Business First article about how repealing Ohio's Senate Bill 5, should it happen on Nov. 8, would not be enough to turn the tide on membership losses unions have suffered and other challenges presented in today's world. “I can’t envision it would have much of an impact,” Wilson said.

Voters will face full ballots Nov. 8

November 3, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was listed in This Week Community Newspapers as one of four candidates vying to be elected on the Worthington Board of Education. The article noted Wilson had been appointed to the board five years ago.

Law professor: Ohio’s anti-labor law SB5 will deplete public-sector union political, member strength

October 21, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted by The American Independent in an article about the future of public sector unions in Ohio should Senate Bill 5 not be repealed on Nov. 8 as voters cast their decisions related to Issue 2. The bill not only strips public-sector unions of virtually all of their power to bargain collectively, but it will also greatly diminish their political power and could result in their demise altogether, the article stated.

“There will be no public-sector unions in Ohio after a couple of years,” said Wilson, a labor and education law professor. “I don’t think under Senate Bill 5 there will be any benefits [in being in a union] for the simple reason that you can bargain all you want but management gets to call all the shots,” said Wilson. “I don’t think anybody is going to see any benefit in joining the union. They will be become effectively social clubs.”

Charlie Wilson nominated for OSBA post

October 6, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was featured in ThisWeek Community Newspapers after being nominated the 2012 president-elect nominee of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). If elected in November, he will become president in 2013 and have influence in state and national decisions regarding education.

“I will be working with the governor to have a formula that lasts for a while,” Wilson said. “They said there is no better person to represent Ohio’s public schools."

Wilson has shot at leading state school boards association

October 4, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was featured in a Suburban News Publication article about his run for President of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Cuts at public universities destroy future prosperity

May 8, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson wrote an opinion editorial column in dozens of McClatchy-Tribune owned newspapers regarding the affect budget cuts would have on public universities.

Ohio looks to fill void left by grown-up baby boomers

April 26, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson, an expert in education law and a member of the Worthington School Board, was quoted in the Lantern in an article about the upcoming teacher shortage in the state of Ohio.  "The problem is right now, even with a so-called ‘glut of teachers,' we can't find foreign language teachers, we can't find special-ed teachers, we can't find science or math teachers," Wilson said.Baby boomers largely occupy these hard-to-staff subjects, he continued. "If all of our teachers in those areas are in retirement age, when they retire, I shudder to think how we're going to replace them," Wilson said.

SB 5 signed, still sparks debate

April 4, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted in a Lantern article about Governor Kasich's signing of SB 5, which limits collective bargaining for public employees in Ohio. Charlie Wilson, a professor and labor law specialist at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law, said the only employment field that will truly benefit from SB 5 is the legal profession, referring to it as the "Lawyers' Full Employment Act of 2011." Wilson said that though the current seniority-based system is flawed, the merit-based system of cuts is not strongly defined and will result in costly lawsuits for the school districts. "It's going to be a great statute for lawyers overall because there's going to be all kinds of individual suits," Wilson said. "Right now, the good thing about collective bargaining is that all this is resolved in mediation and arbitration, which very, very rarely involves lawyers, and it's done cheaply and expeditiously." Aside from students joining the legal profession, Wilson said SB 5 has the potential to drive many students out of Ohio after graduation, especially those in the teaching and education fields, citing other states who have done away with collective bargaining for teachers.

Some critics not out to kill SB5

March 4, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Middletown Journal story about the Ohio Senate’s vote on the collective bargaining bill. The story states: “Professor Charles Wilson, of Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, worries that the legislation is a ‘full employment act’ for lawyers. A Worthington school board member whose practice formerly was to represent management, he thinks age-discrimination lawsuits, for instance, could become common if school districts aren’t careful about how they decide whose teaching contracts aren’t renewed and who is laid off.”

One at a Time, Please

February 28, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was consulted for a Slate magazine story regarding Wisconsin and how it can stop its public employees from using collective bargaining.

Moritz Charter School Debate

February 27, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in an Examiner.com story covering a debate between Wilson and James Callender regarding whether Ohio should restrict or expand the number of charter schools. The story states: “Wilson sparked debate by offering nine reasons why he opposes the expansion of charter schools. After citing issues like the diverting of funds from district-run public schools, the national and state-wide low rate of success, and the scandals that have plagued Ohio charters, Wilson concluded Ohio should restrict the number of charter schools in the state rather than increase it.”

Collective bargaining 101

February 20, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted in a Mansfield News Journal story explaining how collective bargaining works in Ohio. The story states: “Wilson said the (fair share) fee tells workers: ‘You can't freeload. You have to pay your proportionate amount that we pay for getting lawyers to represent workers who were demoted or transferred or claimed that they were treated in a way that was in violation of their rights.’”

Collective bargaining debate heats up

February 19, 2011

Professor Charlie Wilson was quoted in a Fremont News-Messenger story about the Ohio debate over collective bargaining for state government employees. The story states: “Charlie Wilson, an Ohio State University law professor and an expert in labor law, said if collective bargaining is repealed for public employees, the state will return to the days of the ‘blue flu.’ Public employees will strike. Services will stop.”

Boardman levy threat sparks debate

February 17, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Youngstown Vindicator story about the Boardman police levy being withdrawn if new insurance plans are not approved. The story states: “‘So, if the parties are not at impasse over the health-insurance issue, I believe that it is likely that SERB would find an unfair labor practice if the township were to take the police levy off the ballot,’ Wilson said.”

Crain's editorial: Not so fast

February 13, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Crain’s Cleveland story about two of Gov. Kasich's more controversial ideas for change. The story states: “‘There is no way to enforce a no-strike clause,’ Mr. Wilson said. ‘It's hard to find good science and math teachers.’ He could have included good policemen and firefighters, too.” (Subscription Required.)

Kasich push for contract rule changes faces pitfalls

January 31, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business a story about Gov. Kasich’s attempts to forbid public employee strikes. The story states: “‘There is no way to enforce a no-strike clause,’ said Charles Wilson, associate professor of law at Ohio State University. ‘It's hard to find good science and math teachers.’” (Subscription required.)

Don't restrain unions after high court ruling

January 13, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was mentioned in an Island Packet story about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that ruled that corporations and labor unions, in accordance with the First Amendment, can give unrestricted amounts of money to political campaigns. The story states: “Many states have growing deficits and reduced tax revenues. State officials are wrestling with ways to curb salaries and pensions of government employees, funds that make up a large part of their budgets. Republican lawmakers in 16 states are considering a law that would require each worker to approve the use of any union dues before it could be spent for political purposes. According to Charles Wilson, a law professor at Ohio State University, if this happened, it would be the end of the American union movement.”

Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions

January 3, 2011

Professor Charles Wilson was recently quoted in a New York Times story about elected officials from Maine to Alabama and Ohio to Arizona pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions. The story states: “‘In the long run, if these measures deprive unions of resources, it will cut them off at their knees. They'll melt away,’ said Charles Wilson, a law professor at Ohio State University.”

Public-sector unions in Ohio soon may be under siege

December 12, 2010

Professor Charles Wilson was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch story about public-employee labor laws in Ohio. The story states: “‘The way to control labor costs is to decide what you can pay and bargain accordingly,’ Wilson said. ‘You can't both eliminate strikes and binding arbitration. Otherwise, it's collective begging.’”