YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with one of the larger unions at Youngstown State University said they will consult with their lawyers to decide how to respond to the latest move by the University’s Board of Trustees.
On Monday night, the board voted to impose a new three-agreement with the Association of Classified Employees or ACE. The move followed the union’s overwhelming rejection of that same proposal last week.
ACE President Conie Frisby said her members realized the University was facing serious financial troubles, but were still pressing for improved job security for the unit’s 280 members.
“Essentially, we have been taking home less and less money every year for the last four years. And we understood that that was going to continue through this, so we felt the least they could do is offer us some security,” Frisby said.
ACE covers many of the University’s non-teaching employees. Frisby said the last time the union approved a contract, four years ago, there were more than 420 members, but that had fallen off through attrition.
A University statement issued Monday night indicates trustees opted to implement the contract themselves, claiming they were unable to make any progress through negotiations.