YSU faculty contract ratified: Both sides credit improved culture of cooperation, understanding

YSU administration and faculty union leaders held a joint news conference to announce the ratification of a new three-year faculty contract. From the left are Jamal Tartir, professor of Mathematics and Statistics and faculty union chief negotiator; A.J. Sumell, professor of Economics and faculty union president; Len Schiavone, chair of the YSU Board of Trustees; and YSU President Jim Tressel.
The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved today a new three-year contract with the university’s faculty union. The union had overwhelmingly ratified the contract earlier this month.

“Our thanks for the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the negotiating teams on both sides,” said Leonard Schiavone, board chair. “Our faculty are at the heart of what makes us a great university. We are hopeful that this is the start of a new era of improved and more collegial labor relations and communications across all of campus.”

A.J. Sumell, faculty union president and professor of Economics, agreed. “We are pleased to move past this round of contract negotiations, so that we can better focus on what matters – educating our students, engaging in scholarly research, and enhancing the quality of life in our community.”

The union and university administration reached the tentative agreement last month after negotiations had proceeded through the fact-finding process.

YSU President Jim Tressel said: “We believe that this round of bargaining has allowed both the faculty and the administration to continue to build an improved culture of trust and understanding. Everyone at YSU – faculty, staff, administration, alumni, donors, etc. – have a common goal: the success of our students. We look forward to continue working together as a team to ensure that all students who step on campus are provided every opportunity to reach their potential. We all have a shared vision of impact and leadership in our region.”

The agreement includes the following:

  • Annual salary increases of 2 percent, 2.5 percent and 2.5 percent.
  • Minimum salaries increases, $2,800 per rank.
  • Promotion pay increases, $300.
  • New salary schedule for summer sessions.

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Media contact: Ron Cole, director of University Communications, 330-941-3285 or racole01@ysu.edu; or A.J. Sumell,, president, YSU faculty union, 330-941-1678 or ajsumell@ysu.edu.