The issue, had the Vindicator actually done some research and was interested in accuracy, is not the issue of raises. The faculty approved the fact-finder report which included no raise in the first year, and 1 and 2% raises in the second and third years. Wow, generous, huh? What is not factored into the equation is the major increase in health care costs (also approved by the faculty) through increased contribution to what the administration erroneously labels a "premium," much higher copays on service and drugs, and reduced coverage. The effect of the approved-by- faculty health care provision would negate the meager raises and cut into existing wages.
The question, in my opinion, is to slant public opinion against the union. The union already essentially approved salary reductions; however, the Board of Trustees wanted more concessions. The real question should be "Should the Board of Trustees allow the YSU administration to get generous raises at the same time they demand even more concessions from faculty, who already agreed to concessions?"
August 19, 2011 at 1 p.m.
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