Language Issues Unresolved in Tentative YSU Contract

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Contract language issues must still be resolved in a tentative agreement reached between Youngstown State University and the union representing faculty members, the faculty union’s president says.

Annette Burden, president of the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association, which represents faulty member at the university, and YSU spokesman Ron Cole acknowledged this morning that negotiators had reached a tentative deal.

“We are still working on unresolved issues,” Burden, a YSU mathematics professor, said in an email. The unresolved issues involve language in the agreement, she clarified.

Cole would only confirm that a tentative agreement has been reached and that both sides are expected to vote on it over the next couple of weeks.

In November, the faculty union rejected a tentative agreement that had been approved by YSU trustees.

In a letter last December, Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, YSU-OEA chief negotiator, and Burden had characterized the faculty’s “overwhelming rejection” of the proposal as not just about compensation but reflecting “a widespread displeasure” with the path taken by YSU’s administration and board of trustees.

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