Still talking at YSU, but no contract


After day-long negotiations, Youngstown State University’s administration and faculty did not reach an agreement Friday night on a new three-year contract, according to both the university and the union.

Talks will resume at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. .

Stan Guzell, the union’s chief negotiator, and Ron Cole, YSU spokesman, each said both parties made several contract proposals. But Guzell said the union felt more time was needed to look over the university’s proposals.

Talks began Friday morning on the third floor at Cushwa Hall, with the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association saying it hoped the administration would continue to negotiate despite having issued what it called “its last and best offer.”

The union’s membership rejected that offer Aug. 26, saying it would go on strike. But hours later, the union announced it wanted to keep negotiating.

If the two sides don’t settle, the union could issue another strike notice. It would have to give notice 10 days in advance of the planned strike date.

Friday’s talks continued until about 7:30 p.m., with the union issuing a statement at 4 p.m. that its negotiators were pleased with how they were progressing.

Guzell said he was pleased that the administration appeared to be listening to the union’s proposals, though it wasn’t yet clear whether they would be accepted.

“We are committed to continuing negotiations,” he said. “We want to resolve the situation, and we brought proposals to the table to try to achieve that.”

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