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What we know about the deal that ended YSU-OEA's 3-day strike

The raises in the deal were the ones offered by the administration in a release late Wednesday afternoon of which YSU President Jim Tressel said, “The terms of this offer, we believe, are such that we hope to resolve this contract today.”
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Pickets are seen on Wick Avenue as the YSU-OEA strike entered its third day Wednesday. (Photo by Robert K. Yosay | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — After a marathon negotiation session that lasted until 2 a.m. this morning, initial details of the agreement between Youngstown State University administration and its faculty union are available. 

The deal ends the union's first strike in 15 years, which lasted three days. 

According to the union, both sides agreed to a 4-percent raise for faculty over three years — no raise in year one of the contract and 2-percent raises in years two and three. Healthcare contributions will remain the same for faculty in years one and two, and some changes are expected in year three. 

The raises in the deal were the ones offered by the administration in a release late Wednesday afternoon of which YSU President Jim Tressel said, “The terms of this offer, we believe, are such that we hope to resolve this contract today.”

The agreement also includes: 

  • Full faculty retention of intellectual property rights;
  • Maintenance of almost all shared governance rights, including the rights to the election of chairs, to accept or reject overload and to cap class sizes;
  • Significant protections for most vulnerable faculty.


Jess Hardin

About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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