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YSU, faculty reach no settlement, talks expected to resume Monday

Published: Fri, September 9, 2011 @ 7:39 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Talks are expected to resume Monday between the Youngstown State University administration and faculty union leaders.

The two sides met for hours Friday but could not reach an agreement.

The university’s board of trustees meet Tuesday.

YSU spokesman Ron Cole would not say whether the trustees will vote to impose the contract.

Considering the current and future financial situation “all options are on the table,” he said.

Stan Guzell, the YSU Ohio Education Association’s chief negotiator said he believed the university will impose its last, best offer as a contract.

“When people negotiate, they look for ways to find a solution,” Guzell said. “But [the administration] just keeps saying ‘We’re holding. We’re holding. We’re holding.’”

Both sides say there are still several areas of disagreement, but health insurance was the issue debated most today.

YSU-OEA President Julia Gergits said the union is in “concessionary mode” and understands it will be paying more in health insurance, but the university would not specify premium costs for years two and three of the contract.

“That’s not how a contracts works,” she said. “We understand that the costs will go up, but we would like to see how much we’ll be paying.”

Cole would not go into detail on the negotiating process.

“The board has made it very clear the last best offer is the bottom line for the university,” Cole said.

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