YSU ACE union receives copies of proposal

Enrollment rose slightly Friday, the last day for students to apply for fall.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Classified union employees at Youngstown State University have a signed copy of a proposed three-year contract in hand and will hold a ratification vote at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in First Christian Church, 562 Wick Ave.
A delay caused by the need to correct some errors in the first written version of the document prevented an earlier ratification vote.
Christine Domhoff, president of the 400-member Association of Classified Employees union, said she didn't sign a copy of the agreement until Friday afternoon, as did Atty. Jim Wilkins, chief negotiator for the university.
The union was having copies printed for each of its members and will hold an informational meeting on the pact at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, also in First Christian Church, she said.
A university spokesman said the YSU Board of Trustees hasn't scheduled a formal vote on the contract, though the board's Internal Affairs and Finance and Facilities committees voted Thursday to recommend that the contract be approved. All board members serve on all committees.
A formal board vote will occur after the union ratifies the terms.
Contract specifications
The contract, reached at 5 a.m. Monday in overnight negotiations, calls for 3-percent pay increases in both the first and second years and 3.25 percent in the third.
Employees will contribute to their health care for the first time at a rate of 1.5 percent of their base pay for family coverage or 0.75 percent for individual coverage beginning Aug. 15, 2006.
The pact calls for a lower pay scale for newly hired employees, makes employees eligible for service credit for time they spend in the military and offers an early retirement incentive.
Student enrollment at YSU rose slightly Friday, the last day for students to apply.
Spokesman Walt Ulbricht said the figure stood at 12,895, up 26 from the number reported to the board of trustees Thursday.
That number is expected to decline slightly over the next two weeks.
The university had 13,101 students enrolled last fall.

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