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Union calls off strike at YSU

By admin Published: August 27, 2011

Youngstown State University’s faculty union called off a strike scheduled for Friday, allowing classes to begin next week.

State teachers union president Julia Gergits says the action benefits students and ensures they’ll be able to begin the semester on time and receive financial aid that had been frozen.

Faculty union members have rejected a contract offer from the university. They say the university’s offer would cost the average faculty member more than $5,000 a year.

The university says it would mean an average overall reduction of less than $1,000 a year in base take-home compensation.

The union says it wants to return to the bargaining table.

The university says the federal government ordered it to withhold financial aid until the threat of a strike was removed. Students protested this week with a sit-in at the school’s administration building.

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