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YSU faculty union laments pay cuts in proposal

Published: Wed, August 24, 2011 @ 4:45 p.m.


The faculty union at Youngstown State University said the final best offer presented by YSU calls for take-home pay cuts of $5,000 to $10,000 per member.

“At the end of the three-year contract, faculty will be much worse off than they would have been had the Board of Trustees accepted the concessions in the fact finder’s report,” Stan Guzell, chief negotiator for the faculty union, said in a statement.

The union is expected to vote on the administration’s proposal Thursday afternoon.


1dreamcatcher52(140 comments)posted 3 years ago

"Take-home pay cuts" sounds like the University wants the faculty to pay more into either their retirement, their health care insurance or both. Also, I thought you weren't supposed to discuss details of negotiations in the press. Although, I personally think that both sides' demands should be out there for the taxpayers to see. At any rate, a strike would not make the union faculty look very good and could very well hurt their attempt to override SB.

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2observer21(17 comments)posted 3 years ago

Last time I checked, the union members were taxpayers. This "offer" from the admin. should be flatly rejected.

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3WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 3 years ago


Sorry, beg to differ. Unions have improved working conditions for ALL workers in the past 100 years. When I see Anderson give back her $25,000 publicly, then I'll believe that she is willing to share in the pain. Until then, um, no.

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4Guin96(40 comments)posted 3 years ago

You are on the right track

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5Ktuck1676(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

Unions are in league with the communists? But FOX News told me they were operating with the socialists. Now I'm all confused....

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6woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years ago

Hes back!!!!

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7db(280 comments)posted 3 years ago

YSU needs to fire every union clown and break their jackass union. Put the jobs out for open bid; no union membership involved; and get better professors at better prices. The administration is likewise over-inflated & overpaid. $119k a year for YSU professors teaching 6 hours a week is absurd, $400k a year + a mansion for YSU's president is equally absurd. At any given moment, 25% of YSU's professors are on paid sabbaticals; that's ridiculous. Student tuition pays only part of this, we taxpayers pick up the rest - it's a state funded school. The unions have destroyed the education system at all levels; protecting weak & inefficient teachers, discouraging good ones, and overpaying all of them.

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8Tepee(7 comments)posted 3 years ago

“’Adherents say a regulation applying the 861 provision does not list wages as taxable, though it does say that “compensation for services’” is taxable.” http://madconomist.com/wesley-snipes-... So, no service to paying tax would equal no disability, SSI, Social Security Retirement, response from local fire department if your place may catch fire, no right to 911 services and no support of police when someone has made a decision to put the lights out for such an individual seeking such a limit upon a lifestyle. Glad that is cleared up for the moment!

Another wonderful insight with regard to the actual headline portrayal of YSU and the union could be why the OEA (e.g., union) may reject a final offer that is to an accord of the current economic time?

The fact being, YSU does not need to take back anyone refusing to come to work by any employee as it is the same as quitting any other job and failing to return. If the contract is at an end that contract has simply had fulfillment until expiration. No right to unemployment as a person was not fired for anything contestable, no right to contract renewal due to the break between a non-renewed contract and would pretty much be the same as if a contractor was complete with a job until completion. Where is the rocket science? Let them go if they think they deserve better (and could find better), lower the cost of attendance by lowering tuition and lab fees (which are unjustified to begin with), and let some of these teacher’s without a PhD earn a few thousand more a year in the name of some positive progress. After all, is not learning a process through progress?

Let us take this one step toward being realistic: MacDoogle employees decide to form a union to receive a $1000 per year pay increase to their minimal wage salary and decide to strike, what does anyone honestly believe will happen to each and every employee?

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9howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 3 years ago

Maybe if the YSU administration led by example the faculty would be more willing to accept this proposal. Don't laugh there are administrators willing to do this check out this story from California. http://abcnews.go.com/US/school-super...

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