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Faculty union, YSU trustees can’t agree on dollars

Published: Fri, August 12, 2011 @ 8:21 p.m.


The faculty union at Youngstown State University contends the university is exaggerating its expenses and understating revenues.

Without comment, trustees on Friday voted to reject a fact finder’s report that would have given its faculty raises of 0 percent, 1 percent and 2 percent in the first, second and third years, respectively.

Trustees Millicent S. Counts, David Charles Deibel, Sudershan K. Garg, John R. Jakubek, Leonard D. Schiavone, Scott Schulick and Carole S. Weimer voted in favor of the rejection. Trustees Delores Crawford and Harry Meshel were absent.

“While the fact finder acknowledges the difficult budgetary circumstances facing the university, his recommendations outlined in the report do not allow us to sufficiently address those challenges,” Garg, trustees chairman, said in a written statement after the meeting.

Members of the faculty union voted to accept the fact finder’s report and also voted to authorize a 10-day strike notice.

The current pact expires Wednesday.


1DOLE2(595 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Overpaid liberal kooks.

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2valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

YSU faculty must really want SB5 to pass. If they strike... its odds increase immensely!

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3Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

How many layers of an aristocratic elite are needed to run a public university? Abolish the board of trustees, especially one that will not even allow faculty members a measly 1-2 percent increase in wages while tuition cost increases are routinely approved.

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4cstevencampbell(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

YSU faculty must have tons of influence if they can influence SB5 so greatly. I didn't know YSU had that much uummph throughout Ohio. Faculty basically have asked for a little and administration wants to take a lot. YSU faculty are going to think twice now about the 'great' service component of the triumverate of Teaching, Research, and Service, especially where service to the university overall is concerned. From the faculty viewpoint, the faith in the YSU institution is greatly tainted.

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5Shot_In_Youngstown(141 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

SB5 will not pass. YSU is in a sad state. Expect any news over the next year to be bad. Sorry, just how it is.

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6Peter74(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Why would hard working workers, including teachers, always have to make sacrifice while the administrators don't have any cut at all. Instead, the president would have 30 to 40% raise. The board of trustees of YSU added $100,000 to YSU president's salary and will spend a million to remodel a house for her. At the same time, they claimed tight budget and wanted to more concessions after faculty union already agreed to fact finders' report, and to pay 15% of health premium and thousands of dollars of concessions.

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7db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Union hogs making more bloated demands. The whole country is taking concessions and these pigs complaint that their raise is too small.

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8NoBS(2834 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

You can see there's no talking to some of the people who comment here. They look right past the trustees giving Anderson a raise that's more money than anybody posting on here even MAKES in a year, they're spending millions - not "A" million, lots of them - to remodel a house that was left abandoned and unmaintained for 12 years. Parts of the structure were so termite-infested they had to be torn down. There were holes in the roof, holes in the exterior walls - it was a mess.

If the Vindy truly cared about watchdogging our tax funds, they'd be investigating everything about that deal. Instead, they continue to be spoon-fed by university officials, and bash honest, hard working people as they're told to do, when they should be questioning things the trustees do.

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9franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't count on a state audit anytime soon--seems to me the BOT are just advancing the Governor's Race to the Bottom agenda. Welcome to Ohio, as backwards as Mississippi, but without the nice weather!

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10RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Voted to "authorize a strike"? That is funny. Is it really a "strike" when the strikers risk no sacrifice? Last time they pulled this they still got paid for the time they were not working.The other unions actually sacrificed paychecks for the time they walked the picket line. Ha! "authorized a strike". Nothing more than holding the entire University hostage.

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11observer21(17 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago


Perhaps you don’t read very well. The union voted to accept the report, and it was the administration that rejected it. The union negotiated in good faith, and made several concessions. It is the administration that refuses to accept a deal that is fair and reasonable.

Also, the last time the faculty went on strike, the school year started at the normal time, and was not delayed at all. You clearly need to learn the facts before you speak.

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12ytown1234(11 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Many of the comments don't obviously follow YSU news. YSU Trustees are not public employees. They are volunteers and receive no pay. Anderson's contract was carved in stone when she was hired, with $25,000 increases in the second year and third year of her contract. Immediately she announced a gift of $100,000 to a scholarship in honor of her parents. So, she gave back both raises and then another $50,000. Non-union administrators have been paying 10% of health care premiums for years, and voluntarily gave back raises two years ago to fund scholarships. Students have made sacrifices through tuition. Administration has cut budget due to state and federal cutbacks. Faculty and staff must do the same.

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13franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey Ytown, Faculty and staff would be giving back an average of 3 percent of their salaries under the fact finder report through the increased healthcare premium. You are correct about Dr. Anderson donating a portion of her salary back (which is awesome) but you also know the money is there and that the Provost wants to squirrel it away for his pet projects and special hires--he said as much during fact finding. And really, no contract is "carved in stone" before the individual is hired--I'm sure you know this as well. And regarding the 10 percent healthcare pay for administrators we all know that is factored into their base salaries when they take the job, just as it was with Sweet.

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14Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Franc004 clearly knows the situation and the facts. Many people on this list don't. They're operating out of beliefs and ideological perspectives that are detached from actual reality.

The administration has a ridiculous surplus of money. There is no crisis. But they're using the political climate to try to raise more money off the backs of their laborers.

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15Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

observer21 , as a new poster here remember
“Never argue with a stupid person for they will only bring
you down to their level and then beat you with experience

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16observer21(17 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Very true. It is just amazing how many people are missing the fact that the union accepted the fact finder’s report. The administration won a lot of what they asked for, but they are not satisfied, and will not be satisfied unless they can crush the union and force them to make outrageous concessions.

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17RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Very true also, Observer, is that "many people" failed to read the last two sentences of this article. Stick to observing, k?

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18observer21(17 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The administration rejected the proposal. With no contract in place and an administration that is totally unreasonable, what options do the union have other than to pass the strike notice?

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19dancinmoses(68 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

At least the faculty are on the ball. That other union of staff people have a team in place that are working with/for the administration. The people who were elected to that negotiating team care NOTHING about their members. The all cut a deal and don't care what happens to the rest of the workers. Just look at the salaries the classified negotiatiors are making, a president who didn't step up to be the chief negotiator & receives a hefty supplemental pay that no one ever mentions or maybe doesn't even know about. He let an individual who quit several positions he held in the union only to return to be the chief....what was he promised? Another person is very old and incompetent, making a 70k plus salary, got promoted unethically, and two more people who retired but yet stayed on to 'help' the team - maybe help themselves and the admin.? Sure stinks how things work there. They have every right to strike - trustees that can't even make it to the meetings? Why do they continue to hold a seat on the board? Shameful how a great institution has turned BAD, all because there are no ethics anymore, it's a BUSINESS,not institution of higher learning.

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20Boomer(17 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I *knew* I should have transferred to Kent.

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