YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Members of the Youngstown State University faculty union voted Tuesday to ratify a tentative agreement with the Board of Trustees.
The tentative deal was announced and voted on by the YSU-Ohio Education Association. The deal includes bonuses and raises, but union leaders said it is subsidized by faculty givebacks.
YSU-OEA president Annette Burden released a statement saying:
“Although anyone reviewing the TA might be romanced by the inclusion of bonuses and raises that faculty will receive in years two and three of the contract, it should be pointed out that these increases were TOTALLY subsidized by givebacks from the faculty. For example, the raises were paid for by faculty givebacks in summer compensation and stipends in distance education, while the bonuses were paid for by the abolishment of Extended Teaching Service (ETS), a benefit that has been in our contract for over 40 years. Although this TA represents only a slight improvement over the highly concessionary TA rejected in November, for the sake of our students and in support of the institution’s mission, YSU-OEA faculty voted to move on and ratify the new Tentative Agreement.”
Burden said the YSU-OEA will continue its efforts to work collaboratively with the administration and with the Board in the future.
“However, we need to recognize the great sacrifices that faculty have made in both the last contract and this new TA in order to give the University an opportunity to get its financial house in order. This speaks to the dedication of faculty to their students and their commitment to YSU and its mission as an Urban Research Institution,” Burden’s statement said.
The YSU Board of Trustees still needs to approve the deal. Once that happens, full details of the deal will be released. The YSU-OEA represents 370 faculty members.