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YSU faculty union leader wants Tressel to intervene in negotiations

Published: Wed, August 6, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.


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.


1Penguinz(18 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

In other news, a new awning is being installed over patio on the back of Wick House!

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2Spiderlegs(159 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Not enough info here to understand what is happening. What's the package they are debating? How does it compare to other four-year schools? How is YSU balancing its budget? Maybe the faculty is the greedy one here, maybe it's the board. Unless the letter to JT is put in these contexts, we're only talking gossip.

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3billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Annette, now you know why everybody asked why your constituents were so quick to endorse Mr. Tressel. Good luck. It appears that YSU will see another strike by these to unions. What a quagmire.

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(565 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

And the whining continues...

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5DwightK(1458 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

It would be great if Tressel would announce a four year tuition freeze and let the faculty know that the university is there to serve the students. If they don't like it they can always look for another job.

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6steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Higher tuition prices for students, declining enrollment, rampant campus crime, who cares. All the faculty cares about is MORE, MORE, MORE.

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7billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Steivo, Not so much the faculty as the executive staff on the campus. Look at some of their salaries and what they actually do.

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8interestedparty297(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, like other parts of the community, there seems to be a lot of cronyism and ethical compromise at the university. Some of the administration are former faculty members, so it's an odd mix. In some contexts, official titles that contrast on the surface appear to be in bed with one another while individuals at the same time look out for their maximum personal benefit. Writing an email to the president stating, "I stuck my neck out to endorse you as YSU President but right now, I must say that I am feeling quite disappointed in what I see as a lack of effort to stand behind your faculty" kind of comes across as an effort at quid pro quo.

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