YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Faculty members at Youngstown State University intend to strike beginning Monday as attempts continue to reach a new three-year contract with the school.
Mark Vopat, spokesperson for the faculty union, released a statement Sunday saying the Ohio Education Association had sanctioned a strike. Monday is the first day of fall break at YSU.
Vopat says union representatives will meet with school administrators Monday afternoon in hopes of reaching a new deal before students return from the brief break on Wednesday.
WFMJ Channel 21 reports school officials offered a three-year deal that offered no pay increases in the first year, but increases of 1 percent in the second year and 2 percent in the third year. According to WFMY, university officials say the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to a projected $3.7 million loss in revenue this fiscal year.
The union says it believes the university has a $7.3 million surplus, which school officials say is not the case.
YSU President Jim Tressel says in an email to students that the university is making plans to continue classes if the faculty strike continues Wednesday and beyond.
“Let’s remain optimistic,” Tressel says in the email. “You have shown great perseverance through this difficult year and worked hard to overcome many obstacles. We are committed to ensuring that you’ll be able to successfully complete this semester without disruption.”