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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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1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

What's the "over-under date" for the Linkon-Russo Debacle? October 4th?

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2Guin96(40 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

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.”

I would like to ask Juia Gergis this. How is the administration expected to know what the cost of the premium will be in years 2 and 3. Do you know what the cost of your house insurance will be 2 and 3 years from now? your car insurance? the cost of milk? the cost of gasoline? Is it really too much to ask of the employees that they pay 15 percent of the cost (whatever it is, whether it stays the same, gets higher or gets lower)? They are still getting a bargain by paying only 15 percent of the cost of a very good health care plan. Maybe if they don't want to pay so much for health care, they should give the employees the choice of opting for lower cost health plans that pay lesser levels of coverage.

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3YtownParent(298 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The hell with health care costs. They are no good for businesses, governments, institutions or organizations. YSU (and every business, etc) should give the employees what the majority of US businesses give their employees for healthcare 0%. Sorry to be so draconian, but I'm a free market purist and insurance just lets healthcare companies cheat the market.

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4nascar74(43 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

YtownParent: Not sure what your stance is, but the vast majority of companies have the cost of heath insurance split between the employer and the employee. The YSU situation is just another example of the union mentality of the Mahoning Valley.

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