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

Published: Sat, August 9, 2014 @ 6:27 p.m.

Pact expires Aug. 17

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.


1Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

You might want to fact check that statement about Tressel being prohibited by state law from contract talks...

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2Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Agree with Tigerlily. I'm not sure he can take the place of the negotiating team by his own volition. However, the negotiating teams usually report back to discuss their progress, so whenever the university team comes back to the board, Tressel is involved and can speak his mind. Big test for him to prove that he can move YSU in a different direction--doesn't look so good right now. Wish things like this were done in public--YSU is a public institution.

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3DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank god they don't do this in India, or we wouldn't have any doctors in this country.


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4RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

All this press must do wonders for enrollment. They would be better off freezing their contract for an entire year while Tressel becomes acclimated.

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