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Youngstown State University cannot afford faculty strike

Published: Sun, August 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

A federal mediator who sat in on contract talks last spring between Youngstown State University and its faculty union is reportedly willing to help the two sides reach an agreement, thereby avoiding labor strife. There can be no doubt that a strike in the midst of a national recession would cause permanent damage to the university’s fiscal well-being and would bring unwanted attention from the Ohio Board of Regents and the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

There must be a meeting of the minds and a recognition by all parties that YSU’s stakeholders, the students, their parents and the taxpayers, are sacrificing to ensure the financial stability and viability of the institution. It’s time for the administration, the faculty, and classified and professional staff to show their appreciation by ensuring that classes start on time Aug. 29.

At issue is a fact-finder’s report that the board of trustees rejected Friday as being financially unsustainable. The faculty union accepted the report despite its contention that the concessions they’re agreeing to are unnecessary because the university is exaggerating its expenses and understating revenue.

But the bottom line is that YSU does not have the money to pay for all the things the faculty union demanded during negotiations, let alone the recommendations of the fact finder.

Indeed, Howard D. Silver wrote in his report:

“Because the fact finder believes that local, regional and state economies are still recovering from a deep recession, and because Youngstown State University faces a 1.67 million dollar operating deficit in the coming year, the fact finder is inclined to tread lightly among long-standing circumstances between the parties.”

The details of the report were published in The Vindicator last week. Understandably, members of the board of trustees viewed the pay raises and other benefits granted to the faculty as unaffordable in this economy.

Private perspective

Most of the trustees come from the private sector and as such have a very different view of the world than public-sector employees. When they raised tuition and increased some fees for students, they made it clear that they expected sacrifice from the university community.

Pay raises and other costly benefits aren’t sacrifice — as understood by private-sector employees. The trustees’ rejection of the fact finder’s report does not come as a surprise.

What now? We would hope that the members of the faculty union, who voted to issue a 10-day strike notice, will think long and hard about the consequences of labor unrest on campus.

But comments by union leaders would not support optimism in that regard.

Julia Gergits, union president, characterized as deeply concessionary her membership’s willingness to accept pay raises of 0 percent, 1 percent and 2 percent over three years and a faculty co-pay of 15 percent of the monthly health-care premium.

It would have been, she said, “the worst contract that we’ve ever had, and still the faculty voted to accept it.” That may say more about how good the faculty has had it than how bad this contract would be.

Stanley Guzell, the union’s chief negotiator, noted that the fact-finder’s recommendations would have cost YSU $1.3 million — less than half the amount generated by the 3.5 percent tuition increase effective this fall.

That ignores one thing: That the faculty union is not the only union with which the board of trustees must negotiate. And, it implies another: That when times are tough, it is the responsibility of the students (or their tuition-paying parents) to support the faculty in the style to which it has become accustomed.

Students are paying dearly

Over the last two years, students have been hit with nearly $500 in tuition increases and more in ancillary fees. The concessions being asked from the faculty pale compared to the additional burden being carried by students.

To be sure, the trustees have not strengthened their negotiating position with the union by some of the raises they have approved for administrators in recent years. The trustees and the administrators who were the beneficiaries of far more generous raises than those offered the faculty should have set a better example.

Nonetheless, the trustees’ determination that one level of compensation was merited for top administrators does not mean that the university can afford to pay whatever the faculty wants or demands.

The administration and faculty should welcome a federal mediator willing to work with both parties to find a solution. There isn’t room for any mistakes.

The faculty union’s allegiance is to its membership; the trustees must protect the interest of the university, the students and the public.

The last time YSU faced an impasse, then-President Dr. David Sweet was loathe to see a strike on the eve of YSU’s centennial. That provided the unions with a once-in-a-lifetime advantage.

This time, in this economy, the greater burden falls on the union.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Amazing that college professors are allowed to be in a union ALONG with tenure and summers off to boot! They probably only teach one - three classes a week when they ARE working.

Only in the America that continues to worship at the shrine of the New Deal!

And we all know where that has brought us....

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2NoBS(2516 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

First, stop with the hand-wringing over the "strike notice." Per the rules both parties operate under, time frames must be met, and the announcing of a strike notice is just another checkbox on the list, nothing more. It's not a threat. Stop acting like it is.

Second, the fact-finder clearly thinks the university CAN afford those raises, which are more than offset by the 15% insurance co-pays. Perhaps the university's decision that now, in this economy, the time was right to throw millions of dollars at a moldering structure the university, and its previous private owners, ignored for the 12 years it sat vacant and unmaintained, and create a palace for the university president to reside in, had something to do with the fact-finder's decision. Or the trustees' gift of an extra hundred thousand dollars a year to the new, untested President Anderson. Or some of the other ways the university has thrown money around.

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3franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What a surprise--no mention of the concessions that amount to a pay cut for faculty. Ugh.

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4franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

eddy, It's not a pay raise, it's a pay cut but don't expect to read that in the Vindicator.

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5valleyred(1102 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Shame on the union if they strike... Students all over the Internet are furious right now with this union, just go look at Twitter.

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6dennismangan(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I am generally content to let editorials speak for themselves. However, regarding posting 6: The editorial supports the contention by the board of trustees that a freeze for one year and small raises the next two, is still more generous than is sustainable in today's economy and that of the foreseeable future.Pointing this out is not equivalent to "hating" the faculty. As to our "bias" against faculty raises, we are, I suppose, equally guilty of having a bias toward controlling the tuition increases that would be necessary to pay those salaries. Dennis Mangan, editorial page editor.

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7franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well said Dennis, However, first Betram calls for the union to accept the fact-finder's report and it does, despite the fact that it includes a significant pay-cut with the healthcare giveback, a point also included in Gergits' communication, and broadcast on wkbn but left out of this editorial. The when the union does accept it and the administration makes clear that it intends to go for blood, again it's the union's fault. Finally, we fall back on the logic of private sector knows best, the same private sector that crashed the real estate and banking industries, and we never bother to even question the trustworthiness of the administration's accounting and intent when the deficit number they cite magically changes from $9.1 million to $1.6 million almost overnight. Also, the tuition increase was implemented weeks ago, and clearly the administration has no intent to raise salaries. Even if the salary increases are approved that would bring faculty below their current levels at the end of the three year term when factoring in the increase in premiums--hence a pay-cut. And, while distinctions should be made between editorials and columns, it's difficult not to feel hated when Mr. DeSouza, who is part of the editorial page staff, refers to faculty as "bloodsuckers," "greedy" and "pampered".

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8observer21(17 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Franc did a great job of voicing the complaints with Vindicator policy. It would seem to me, that as a news organization with reporters who are supposed to be looking for the truth, that your paper would engage in some fact finding of its own. Why can the University establish the millions it claims it is losing? Why was that info not made clear to the fact finder? What is the real truth of the Universities’ financial situation?
The default position of the Vindicator always falls against the faculty union.

Just once it would be nice to see a Vindy article or editorial questioning the University and the monetary projections it seems to totally fabricate. Until the Vindy uses the same lens with administration it does with the faculty, it can never be more than a glorified blog, based on half truths with the intention of selling papers placed above reporting the truth.

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9franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

And, while I don't want to pile on, and again, I want to stress that this is an editorial, before words like "pampered" and "the style to which it has become accustomed" are used to refer to faculty one might at least acknowledge the fact that YSU faculty have one of the highest workloads of all public universities and one of the lowest pay rates. Also, several economic studies exist that note that, based on the cost and time of earning the credential, factoring in the actual salaries earned WITH benefits, public sector educators make on average 12 percent LESS than private sector workers with the same educational and skill qualifications. Finally, "godandcountry" sums up nicely the problem many folks have with local media coverage of YSU issues.

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10Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is the most lie-riddled editorial I've ever read in my life.

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11jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Dennis-your paper has for years been "agenda driven"-and that is politely describing it. To even consider that YSU faculty will receive a fair shake from the Vindicator is fool hardy. What Mangan wants, and so many others appear to as well, in this new age of jealousy, is simple: NOBODY should receive ANYTHING that they themselves cannot have. Sorry Dennis, Todd, Bert et al. that you have chosen to be in a dying profession....it does not mean that the rest of the world should suffer.
Before you go for the knee-jerk response: I am a STUDENT, attending YSU on my own dime.
Looking for ways to generate revenue at YSU: Let's have the staff of the JAMBAR take over the production of the Vindy....

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12jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

why would bertram be allowed to make use of pejorative names in ANY capacity..."bloodsuckers", huh? Do the advertisers of goods and services in the Vindicator feel that way about any "bloodsucker" money spent by YSU faculty that are customers?
Really-you guys are a supposed professional media outlet and you allow name calling by one of your staff? Seems to me that Bert and the staff of the Vindy owe an apology to YSU faculty and staff....for name calling and conduct unbecoming anything even remotely resembling journalism. But the faculty are "union thugs?"

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13franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually he was referring to all public sector retirees (Jan 10 2010) and it's his right to do so in a column, however inappropriate it may be. My point was just that, based on this kind of thing, it's easy to see why poster # 6 feels the way she/he does.

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14jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"His right to do so...?" Maybe in so far as much as he is able to express his opinion in the manner he chooses...but is it really what one expects of a "professional"? Sometimes the medium IS the message, as well as the manner its expressed.
I guess Bert is able to call all the names he wants...just as individuals are able to choose where to spend their incomes. I'm sure the Vindy advertisers zealously want him to not only express his opinion (always a good thing for a democracy), but want him to call names to potential customers and clients (not so smart business-wise).
...Never underestimate the goodwill that is generated by "blood suckers" with cash to spend...

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15jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

where is the vindicator editorial about the "bloodsucker" Dave Johnson, chairman of the republican party in columbiana county?
Dave makes $60,000.00 a year for part/time work on an appointed board (political patronage at its finest...). That's fiscal responsibility????

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16walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What is the basis for criticizing Dave Johnson for being apponted to the Board of Directors of the Ohio BWC. This is an extremely important position for the companies that do business in this state. This board is set by the Ohio Revised Code and was signed into law by Ted Strickland! The compensation is $2500 per month for board meeting and $2500 per month for committee meetings, no matter how many are held, with a maximum compensation of $60,000 per year. You are asking important people to be away from their companies for many days a year and this amount seems very reasonable for the responsibility they have. BTW, one of the BWC board members is David Caldwell, the president of the Central Ohio AFL-CIO and a former USW Local president. A union official! Think he is giving his compensation back? As for fiscal responsibility, the compensation is paid out of the fees paid by businesses to the BWC, not from the general fund.

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17jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Pot, meet kettle....and YSU's faculty and staff are very important TO ME. And I want to see them paid well...
Guys like you crack me up...Dave is a big boy. He can defend himself, walter...but he won't. Because he knows he is a hypocrite. Like most of you big damn, by god bizness men. "Cut, cut, cut, except for me, me, me..."
How about getting some of your corporations to pay their fair share of taxes? Then get your good guv'nor john to stop cutting funding of local governments and education.
And here's a little economics lesson for you walter, me boy: The fees that biznesses pay to the BWC usually originate with the customer...MY MONEY. And I'm tired of subsidizing your right wing nonsense!!

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18VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

...(A warm Welcome Back to..Jupiterrrr!)

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19VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kasich: ( "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" )

*Kasich/Murdoch NewsCorp. Fox corruption/phone hacking ties.

*Kasich/Lehman Bros. initial Man.Dir. Wall Street Collapse.

*Kasich/Johnson (Republican Campaign Gimme.) $60,000 hot seat. "yea, go-to-meeting.com".

PLUS..now twisted multiple personality kicks in: spinning round and round
Kasich/Verich (democrat?? WHAT? YES!) mere $5,000 hot seat-lottery/casino.

NOW HERE's The Skinny>.....interesting articles for Ohioians enclosed below: Good read.





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20walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

When you are registering for classes at YSU, try to get into Economics 501. You may learn something. It is not your money once you pay someone for goods or service. Worker's comp premiums are a cost of doing business same as payroll taxes and the electric bill. Don't blame Johnson on these problems. His company is being screwed by cheap Chinese imports. Why don't you learn why this Board of Directors was created, who sits on it and their purpose.

BTW, when you are on campus, venture over to the Williamson Bldg. A huge chunk of money was donated by the Williamson family for the construction. They are one of those evil businesses that turned hard work into profit, which apparently is an evil thing to you. Check back into history about when the company founder was beat up by union thugs over contract disputes because he was an evil businessman. Did you know that when the Williansons sold the broadcasting concern that they gave every employee a bonus check for $1000 per year of service to the company? I know, if they weren't so damned greedy, they would have given $2000 per year!

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21grand4dad(209 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Walter, you make some good points. "It's not your money once you pay someone for goods or service." That applies also to the public sector. We pay for services from them and expect those services to be good. They are "important" people too, and they deserve to be reasonably compensated for what they do and the qualifications and background they bring to these positions. You've determined the amount Mr. Johnson receives is "very reasonable for the responsibility" he has. So it goes for faculty at YSU.

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22jupiter(116 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

welllll, walter, using YOUR logic of "...It's not your money once you pay someone for goods and services..." one can then suppose that all this hand wringing over taxes is unnecessary. Once you pay your taxes, it's no longer YOUR money....isn't that the "logic" your're using? Guess public employees are off the hook after all....
...and look: the government even gives you a whole lot more recourse than a usual bizness....
My point: Public employees are not "bloodsuckers" nor the "thugs" that you would portray them as.

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23walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Big, big difference. When I purchase a good or service that money goes to private concern that has to compete in the marketplace with other companies. When I pay taxes, the money goes to the government. Now, the government is me and all citizens, so it is still my money but under the direct control of my elected representatives. The university is quasi-governmental in that it is controlled by a Board of Trustees that is appointed by the government. It is up to the Board to provide guidance to the Administration and to balance out the public interest with desires of the employees. Now, you can argue that state funding of the university has decreased but that is due to a decrease in state tax receipts, which is mostly sales taxes. At one time, that is how the entire state government was funded: sales and use taxes.

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24WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What I find annoying about this editorial is that NO ONE has mentioned the significant salary increases and other perks given to YSU President Cindy Anderson. She makes almost as much money as presidents at significantly larger institutions, yet not one individual has mentioned that she is the only non-union administrator who, at least openly, received a raise this year.

What she SHOULD have done was openly returned her raise to the institution. It would have helped increase morale amongst the employees, most of whom are WELL AWARE that the institution can't afford raises this year and know that increases are coming to the health benefit co-payments. Funny that none of this was discussed at the beginning of July when she is the only administrator to get a raise.

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25chucko10(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm a 29 year old student at YSU, with one year left to go. All I want to do is graduate and get the heck out of there, so I can properly take care of my wife and two kids. Please do not strike.

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26Chief_Justice_Spartacus(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


I totally agree with you. The Vindy has an obligation to share all the facts about Dr. Anderson. As stated in previous posts, leadership starts at the top.

Example of a recent Perk: The University purchased Dr. Anderson’s mini van at the tune of $16,000 which was taken from the Grounds Department budget. I’m sure Mr. Ewing, Director of Campus Grounds wasn’t too happy when he uncovered this back room deal.

Then the University handed her the keys right back to use as a University vehicle while the employees are asked to take concessions and students are paying more in tuition fees.

What Say You Board of Trustees? I’m sure this was just an oversight? Maybe this was her sacrifice?

I guess since it’s a University vehicle, the University is paying for her insurance coverage and fuel cost.

I guess making $400,000 plus at YSU isn’t enough!

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27pol26(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Here's a thought. Instead of pulling out those same articles that the Vindy uses every three years and just changing the dates, could the Vindy ask the YSU administration for a little transparency? Can we see the details of the $9 million deficit and how it became a $1 million deficit? While we are at it, can we see the credentials of whoever came up with those numbers? Can we also see who actually has received raises, un-openly in the recent year and the justification for those raises? All the things that are hinted at in these comments. Could a reporter actually, you know, ask....ask the university.........some verewy scarewy qwestions?

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28observer21(17 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

No, the Vindy will never do that. As Dennis Magan said, "the editorial supports the contention......".

The man never mentioned facts,questions, or invesitgations. He simply "supports the contention..." that raises of 0, 1, and 2 percent are two generous. Who needs facts when you have contentions?

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29walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

You are right, this government thinks it is all their money and they will decide just how much I will be able to keep. Unfortunately, the people not watching the government's hand on the purse strings is what has got us in this mess. I don't know where you get that I think business should be entitled to govt largesse. The problem with govt entities is that they don't practice zero-base budgeting.

Now, that being said, I also believe YSU is top-heavy in administration and I want professors to be compensated for their work and their status as scholars. I can't believe what the Board gave Dr. Anderson for an annual salary. But, why castigate Dave Johnson and his role in the BWC? This board is set up by law and someone is going to fill the position. No doubt, his appointment was a payback for supporting John Kasich. But, that is the system. The board was set up to prevent another "coin-gate" scandal.

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30Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Initially I thought the headline for this editorial slanted in favor of YSU. Now I think it's just correct: YSU cannot afford a faculty strike. So, the administration should accept the many concessions given up by the faculty via the federal mediated fact finder's report, and go back to their troll caves to roll around in their millions in faculty concessions.

But who truly cannot afford this deal are junior faculty members, who are not pampered as the Vindy would make them out to be, and who can barely afford to raise a family on what they make as it stands. They will have a difficult decade ahead of them. And those most recently hired, in the last three years, who are exceptional in their fields of expertise, will start to look for work elsewhere.

YSU admin's bottom line shouldn't be how much they can suck out of their faculty. It should be about growing a standout faculty that draws the best students to the university.

But the Anderson admin are the lapdogs of the board of trustees, who are business people who only think about profit in terms of money--short term profit, never the long term profit they could make from building an attractive hiring package for professors who would attract a larger population of exceptional students.

Bad business, YSU. Bad business.

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31ytown1234(11 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Dr. Anderson DID give her raise back. Her contract called for a $25,000 increase in the second year and the third year. She announced last year that she was donating $100,000 to a scholarship in memory of her parents. So she gave back both her raises before she got them and an additional $50,000. Her contract called for the lease of a new american vehicle. She opted to have the university buy her 3 year old car instead of taking a new car. Administrators gave back raises to a scholarship fund over a year ago and exempt employees have been paying 10% of their health care premiums for years. Some of you need to check your facts.

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32Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Funny How they found money to build that indoor football field . HO !!! that's right that was for sports and the teachers pay is only for the people who teach your kids, How stupid is that.I say off with their heads

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33pita4912(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Similar to the new Williamson building, the money for WATTS was donated. Hence the reason the building is called the Watson and Trussel Training Site. It was donated to the University for that exact purpose. If YSU tried to do something else with the money, they wouldnt have recieved it.

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34franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Right retired, I think it was $2 million from Tressel/Watts and the University paid an additional $8 million, of course to the same consulting firm and contractor that get all of the university building projects.

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35ytown1234(11 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Some people seem to forget that there is an operating budget and a capital budget and the two are separate. Money for buildings comes from capital budget from state, bond indebtedness and private donations. Salaries etc. come from the operating budget. So money used for building projects can only be used for just that. If not used for buildings it can't be used for operations and vice versa. So the operating budget was cut $3million this past year and $7million in the new year. Do the math. Captial budget projects (i.e. buildings) are already accounted for. If that money is not used for that it just goes back to the state. In fact, money for Kilcawley Center renovations is being reallocated for basic maintence for other buildings.

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36northyompton(6 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I do not care about the faculty any more either at YSU or any place. At one time maybe it was not a great job but in todays world it is and believe me with the cost of collage and the job market. Maybe students ought to strike for a few years there options to this situation and it is called de-student-ize the place. And let the Tenure's go find work!

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37VindyPost(436 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

^^^ ?? WHAT ??^^^

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38taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

lol VindyPost, I though it was me. I read his post twice and couldn't quite get it

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39dancinmoses(68 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

the faculty need to show solidarity and stand together, that is the meaning of union. Don't let the shady administration get away with this degrading demonstration of what they really feel about their educators. They just want to keep lining their pockets with tuition increases for their own raises and perks. I hope they strike, for the good of LABOR. Let's stand up for workers and support unions! Yes, what a concept, support the unions and labor, keep the moral strong and rights alive.

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40southsidedave(5174 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

To author50:

Tenured faculty are required to teach at least 15 credit hours each semester which translates to 4 or 5 classes.

We do not sit around doing nothing as you suggest.

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41walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, going on strike would be a real good thing for the public sector unions. That would really help to get SB5 repealed in November.

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42oncall247(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

author50... You OBVIOUSLY have NO IDEA what you are talking about with your mypoic little view of reality. You obviously have no university professors in your life who are on call 24-7 to update lessons, to continue learning, to correct papers, to write letters of recommendation, to answer questions via email, phone, & face-to-face interaction...questions about classes, careers, job searches, financial aid, registration... to visit interns, to reserve class space, to attend committee meetings, to do committee homework, to support students at graduation, to serve as club advisors, to conduct research, to present research, to apply for grants, to... MOST of us do all of these things while you spend your time tweeting your idiocy.

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43northyompton(6 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Just do the right thing everyone, pull your kid out and send them to Kent and bring the place to there knees instead of their Liberal high horse the ride on.

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44ytown1234(11 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The same faculty who screamed and cheered whn Anderson was announced as president is now choosing to make her out to be the enemy...for one reason...they aren't getting what they want.

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45Philo(99 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Northyompton - You're absolutely correct. Every YSU student who isn't graduating this year should take the semester off. That MIGHT get the union's attention. Let the faculty work at Wal Mart until Christmas.

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46Mimi2BC(147 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@Philo..... How is this the faculty's fault? They agreed to accept the report.... What is the admin's counter-offer? What is their bottom line.... what is the faculty's bottom line.... I need far more information before I can decide which party is at fault.

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47TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Ignoring an independent fact finder's report is just a shame. It shows that one side didn't really show up to negotiate.

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48msgeer01(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I say fire the Entire faculty and reset the University, I am sick of people holding others hostage. They are holding the students hostage, because they pulled this crap just ten days before fall classes. Had I Known about an impending strike I could have transferred to another college. May'be if the students file a class action against the University and the Union seeking damages, they might resolve this.

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49TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

They aren't holding anyone hostage. The terms of the previous contract are public knowledge, and are agreed upon by both sides. They aren't pulling any crap, but are following the timelines guaranteed upon by both sides.

It's nice to see that you are attending a university where you have no faith in your faculty. Why would you pick that school in the first place?

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50JohnB2(6 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

How much did moving Bob Evans HQ up the road cost again?

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51melinko65(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

so as a ysu student i feel i should get what i pay for according to my ysu portal and account page my education for fall semester has been paid for ......... so if i paid already why is ysu holding the money that im entitled to to pay for my housing and transportation ? what am i to do in this situtation live in my car ? go to the mission ? or perhaps on of the staff or the dean will allow me to move in untill this dispute is settled i understand they dont want to sacrafice any money or health care bennifits but why should i a single working-student and a single father have to sacrafice what ive already paid for

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52Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

As TB stated, the university board of trustees and admin ignoring a federal fact-finder's report places the university board of trustees and admin in the position of blame, not the faculty. Clearly the administration has not shown up to the bargaining table in good faith.

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53TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Ask the administration melinko. They are the only ones able to disperse funds and to cancel classes. Faculty has no control over any of this.

If you have paid for it, then you had the money right? If you paid for it with money you didn't have or couldn't afford, I'm sorry to hear that. It's like people who buy houses and cars and can't afford the payments. I'm lost on how you paid already. Get a refund would be my advice.

Also, the faculty IS willing to sacrifice benefits and salary. That has been well-documented. The administration is holding out for deeper cuts, despite concessions offered by the faculty, giving administrative raises, AND a fact finders report that the administration won't honor despite agreeing to honor it in the first place. Don't blame the faculty for any of your woes.

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54northyompton(6 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

And people wonder why a SB 5 is needed YSU is making it easy to understand more and more every day. Pull out of YSU bring them all to their needs. Consolidate your efforts hire a attorney get your money transfered and go some place else for the year.

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55melinko65(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Well tb my car is paid for and its over 16 yrs old and on my Ysu portal it states how much I recieved in loans grants and scolarships and then where the money is dispursed Ysu tituation has been subtracted then my Ysu parking pass has been subtracted leaving a negitive balence to be paid out to me for my housing books and transportation so like. I said earlier they (Ysu) have got there money when can I get mine so I have a place to live

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56Chief_Justice_Spartacus(26 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


This is ACT II from the 2008 negotiations debacle. It’s not about the STUDENTS, it should be, but yet it isn’t. In 2008 it was about YSU’s Centennial. Negotiations had to be completed on time at any/all cost. Remember that huge amounts of money were flowing in from Alumni and the Valley’s affluent. Fast forward to 2011 and now you have payback for the 2008 negotiations at any/all cost especially to the STUDENTS. The Sweet Administration deceived the BOT with the help of Dr. Cyndy Anderson, Dr. Ikram Khawajwa and Mr. Eugene Grilli, just review the email from July 2008 that’s been floating around campus the last three years which evidenced their involvement in the cover-up. Board Chairman Scott Schulick felt personally embarrassed as well as the entire BOT. Now it’s Dr. Anderson, Dr. Khawaja, Mr. Grilli and the BOT’s time to get revenge. Yes, yes, conveniently Mr. Schulick steps down as the Chairman, what timing!

In Executive Session, the Fact Finder’s Report was rejected on the advice of Mr. Martin Bramlett and Mr. Kevin Reynolds from Human Resources and Attorney George Crisci. Interesting that these three individuals are affiliated with Union busting law firms. Once again the BOT and especially the PUBLIC is being fed bad information concerning the financial health of the University. I wonder why the University administration won’t release the enrollment numbers. With the 3.5% increase in tuition (students must pay more monetarily) combined with another record increase in student enrollment which increases Ohio state subsidies, the University administration will once again bestow themselves with equity based pay increases to offset any increase in healthcare cost. They will then declare they have sacrificed too. What BULL! Let’s not forget the YSU Foundation with its 150 million dollars that support the University. Why wouldn’t the YSU Foundation absorb the 3.5% tuition increase for a year and give the STUDENTS a break. Really Reid, you can’t swing this offer to students one time?

When the dust finally settles, I see Bramlett and Reynolds being sacrificed just as Habat and Chatman were for the 2005 strike. Can anyone remember the Labor Panel and its Report to the Board of Trustees? Attorney Crisci will go quietly away counting his stack of money as did Attorney Wilkins in 2005…continuing to practice their craft with their next victim.

Who suffers most…the STUDENTS, ALUMNI, the MAHONING VALLEY and its CITIZENS. Will YSU ever have a competent leader on its BOT like Dr. Perry, and a University President like Dr. Neil Humphey?.


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