YOUNGSTOWN — Two Youngstown State University professors are encouraging fellow faculty to withhold their participation in departmental meetings and abstain from additional work, should the administration impose a contract.
The YSU-Ohio Education Association’s Crisis Committee distributed to members a four-page report, “Use Your Own Sense of Justice and Fairness.” The committee consists of John B. Russo, coordinator of the labor studies program and co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies, and Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, director of the ethics center.
Russo and Palmer-Fernandez via email each referred questions to Sherry Linkon, faculty union spokeswoman.
Linkon in an email said the crisis committee “operates as part of the leadership of the union, though they function independently.”
She said that union leadership does not review the crisis committee reports before they are sent out, describing it as discussing “ways that faculty could reasonably express their perspective, within the contract, on the administration’s actions.”
Ron Cole, YSU spokesman, said in an email that it’s unfortunate the union leadership would send out such a letter.
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