YSU faculty talks on hold after union refused to meet till Sept. 2

Staff report


Youngstown State University’s chief negotiator in contract talks with the faculty union said in a memo Friday that the union is postponing negotiations until at least Sept. 2.

According to the memo by Kevin Reynolds, chief human resources officer and chief negotiator for the university, the chief negotiator for the faculty union has refused to meet on Tuesday or Thursday as the university requested through a federal mediator, offering instead to resume talks Sept. 2.

The faculty’s current contract expires Aug. 17.

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, chief negotiator for the YSU Ohio Education Association, said that they can not meet next week because faculty members have to use the time to get ready for the start of classes. He said Sept. 2 is the next available date the mediator has available and they are ready to meet then.

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 20.

The faculty’s current contract expires Aug. 17.

The memo also said the union is asking that members on the negotiating team be granted more time to be reassigned from their classes beyond what is already required by their contract so they can continue to negotiate during the beginning of the academic year.

The union asked university President Jim Tressel last week to intervene in the talks, but Tressel is prohibited by state law from being involved in any contract talks.

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

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