YSU faculty union leader wants Tressel to intervene in negotiations


Youngstown State University’s faculty union leader wrote to President Jim Tressel that she’s disappointed in his lack of effort to stand behind faculty, and asked him to step in and help with protracted negotiations.

The faculty contract expires Aug. 17, the day before Tressel’s installation ceremony. Negotiations have been ongoing for weeks. Negotiations continue with the Association of Classified Employees. That union’s contract expires Aug. 15.

“I am sure you have been made aware of how [bad] negotiations were last evening,” Annette Burden, president of the YSU-Ohio Education Association, wrote in a Wednesday email to Tressel that was obtained by The Vindicator. “In an effort to get a tentative agreement and start work on time, our team gave up a great deal. Sadly, it is never enough for your team or the Board of Trustees.”

Classes begin Aug. 20.

Ron Cole, YSU spokesman, said state law on collective bargaining stipulates that only negotiating team members for the respective parties are permitted to talk about negotiations.

“The president is not going to insert himself, and nobody else is going to insert themselves into that process,” he said.

That will be left to members of the university’s bargaining team, Cole said.

Read more about the situation in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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