YSU trustees approve faculty contract

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously ratified a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the YSU-Ohio Education Association, the union representing university faculty.

The agreement must now be ratified by the union membership in order to create a new collective bargaining agreement.

“Our hope and the Board of Trustees hope is that the union will take this contract and will in an expedited manner review it and ratify it,” YSU spokesman Ron Cole said.

“This tentative agreement is the outcome of months of deliberate and thoughtful discussion that has resulted in a negotiated, accepted and recommended tentative agreement by both the faculty and administration bargaining teams,” YSU Board of Trustees Chairman Carole Weimer said in an e-mailed news release. “The Board commends both teams for their long hours of hard work to find common ground and to sign off on all articles in the contract.”

While the union membership ordinarily would ratify the tentative agreement prior to the Board, Weimer said trustees believe it is appropriate to be proactive in their approval.

“We are hopeful that members of our faculty will follow suit, ratify the tentative agreement in an expedited fashion and send a message to our students and the community that we can work collaboratively for the continued stability, viability and success of the university,” Weimer said in the news release.

Earlier this month, a tentative agreement was reached between the union and administration. The 370-member faculty union has been working under an expired contract since August. They had been at odds over increases in wages and health care contributions.

It is unclear how long it will take the faculty union to vote on the agreement.

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