YSU Faculty Union Strike to Start Monday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The faculty union at Youngstown State University will go on strike following two failed negotiation sessions with the university’s administration.

The 337-member YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association approved the strike following a 24-hour voting period that ended Saturday at 5 p.m. In total, 279 members voted to approve the strike, 29 voted against and 18 abstained.

The strike begins at 8 a.m. Monday, the first day of YSU’s Fall Break. Classes are set to resume Wednesday; if no deal is reached, the university says it will continue classes without the faculty union but did not provide further details.

“Negotiations between YSU-OEA and YSU administration have been stymied by the latter’s insistence on repeatedly denying the union’s proposals to achieve its stated goals,” said union spokesman Mark Vopat in a statement.

The two sides met for negotiation sessions Wednesday and Friday. No further sessions are currently scheduled. 

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