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Ryan wants YSU faculty pact situation 'resolved in a reasonable manner'

Published: Thu, August 25, 2011 @ 12:02 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17th, said today he would step in and assist Youngstown State University and its faculty union if the two sides can’t agree on a new contract.

“If there’s something that I can do to be helpful, I’m more than [willing] to do whatever I’ve got to do to make sure the situation gets resolved in a reasonable manner,” Ryan told The Vindicator today.

“If people want us to get involved, we’re happy to try and do it.”

The faculty union is scheduled to vote on the university’s final best offer this afternoon.

Many have said if the faculty strikes, it will only add more fuel to the fire when it comes to the Senate Bill 5 vote in November. SB 5 curbs some collective bargaining rights for public employees.

“I think everybody in the community is concerned,” Ryan said. “It’s a difficult time in the local economy, it’s a difficult time in the state economy. [There are] a lot of budget cuts, and these things come to a head during an economic storm or a fiscal storm.”

Ryan had previously quelled public bantering about SB 5 between Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and Dave Betras, Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman.


1Attis(1119 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Wanna help? As the only federal legislator from this area, first pick up the phone now and call your friends at the US Dept. of Education to demand that they order YSU to immediately disburse federal student aid as contractually and morally required. Then call for a congressional investigation of all communication between YSU and the pro-SB5 gang pushing hard for a faculty strike. Then initiate legislation to dramatically increase federal funds for public education at all levels.

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2bikerdadbmw(12 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I believe both side are represented by mature, well educated people. Therefore, I see no need for any form of Government involvement. Let's not politicize, what is no more than a labor agreement difference.
God knows after the debt ceiling debacle the last thing we need is more pork barrel pandering from Mr. Ryan or any other official.

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3PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Does anyone really believe that teachers' unions will be eliminated? Does anyone really believe that management does not have the obligation to fiscally manage an organization? The two groups must learn to compromise. Comprise without resorting to juvenile behavior. It is sooooo silly to see adults with PHDs accusing and pointing fingers at each other. How embarrassing. PHISHIE

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4piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The university is inextricably wound into public funding; thus, it is not possible for a "settlement" that will be acceptable to both sides and that will benefit the students. That a NATIONAL legislator is involved in wanting to solve this problem only means you will get a decision that will be unpalatable for those in this valley who do favor SB 5.

The university is such a huge employer of people in this valley that a strike by it will be, if not ruinous, then at least it will be damaging for the local economy. It will also damage the local university as well, since there are now "on line" ways of obtaining a degree.

All in all, this is a lose-lose situation for the entire valley, the university and the students, no matter who "wins" or "loses" in this strike. The word, "compromise" was lost...long ago. Like when this state became a "closed shop state".

Ask yourselves why the South East and Southwest have been doing better than this state. Right to work states have been doing a lot better than this state. No amount of denial will change what is.

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5tommygc(25 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Little Timmy ,how on earth can you let go of Janets apronstrings for you to be able to resolve this situation? As it was stated previously keep your nose out of business that doesnt concern you. You have a hard enough time doing the job you were elected to do. Do us all a favor step down and get a real job where your not on the on the public dole////////

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