YSU announces deal with ACE union, no deal with faculty

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The tentative agreement is with the YSU Association for Classified Employees

Youngstown State University, Ohio

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University officials announced late Friday that they have reached a tentative contract agreement with their classified employees, but there is still no deal with faculty.

That would be a 0% raise the first year, and then 1% raises in the second and third years.

The tentative agreement with the YSU Association for Classified Employees will now go before the ACE membership and the YSU Board of Trustees for formal ratification.

“We thank the leaders of the ACE union for their respectful and reasonable efforts on behalf of our students and the entire university community,” YSU President Jim Tressel said. “From the very beginning of this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership and membership of this group have worked extremely hard in a cooperative way to help the university and our students.”

The pact calls for essentially the same economic terms presented and rejected Friday to the faculty union, university officials said.

YSU-OEA, the faculty union, called that statement “misleading and false,” however.

“ACE received a better financial offer than had been made to YSU’s faculty during Friday’s negotiations, including a higher raise and lower healthcare costs in year 2 of the contract. Additionally, both ACE and YSU Administration are still working on finalizing negotiations, and ACE has not yet presented the proposed contract to its members for an approval vote,” read the statement issued early Saturday morning by YSU-OEA.

Negotiations have deteriorated between university officials and YSU-OEA. The faculty union is taking a strike vote that will end at 5 p.m Saturday.

Earlier Friday, YSU administration called on the faculty union to withdraw its strike notice, which voted it would take place Monday, Oct. 12, the first day of fall break.

“A career is more than a paycheck,” YSU-OEA spokesman, Mark Vopat, said. “We come to YSU to be part of an academic community. The Administration’s proposals leave members of our community unprotected, including people who move here from other countries to work at YSU, and puts forth a path that slowly dismantles that community.”

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