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YSU-OEA STRIKE DAY 3 |Students join the picket line

YSU student Theodore Bucci stood along Wick Avenue, holding a sign which read, "For Pete's sake pay your employees," a reference for the university's pandemic responsibility campaign, "For Pete's sake, protect your fellow Penguins."
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YSU students from left Kelly Baer, Matthew Commons, Ginny Phillips, Theodore Bucci and Abby Sharpless join the picket line Wednesday on day three of the YSU-OEA strike. (Jess Hardin | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University administration accused faculty of "leaving students in the lurch" in a Tuesday night email, but that didn't stop many YSU students from joining their professors Wednesday morning to picket. 

Theodore Bucci stood along Wick Avenue with his four friends, holding a sign which read, "For Pete's sake pay your employees," a reference for the university's pandemic responsibilty campaign, "For Pete's sake, protect your fellow Penguins."

"I believe it's just despicable the way they treat faculty as an expendable resource to line their pockets," said Bucci. "They worry honestly more about sports than the core principles of the university."

"They're using the pandemic to shove an agenda, and it's not fair," added Ginny Phillips, who was picketing with Bucci. "The university should treat its faculty with respect, because they're delivering the education to the students, not [YSU President] Jim Tressel."

Negotiations will resume at 1 p.m. today.

 



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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