YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – At a special chapter meeting held on Thursday, the Youngstown State University Association of Classified Employees overwhelmingly passed a vote of “no confidence” in the YSU Board of Trustees, YSU administration and YSU president Jim Tressel.
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A couple of weeks ago, the YSU Board of Trustees voted to impose a new three-year agreement without taking into consideration the union’s rejection of the contract. ACE President Connie Frisby said she realizes the university was facing serious financial troubles, but the union still pressing for improved job security for the unit’s 280 members, which had 420 three years ago.
“Essentially, we have been taking home less and less money every year for the last four years. And we understood that was going to continue through this time of need, so we felt the least they could do is offer us some security,” Frisby said.
In an emailed statement, Frisby said the vote was held because of the inaction of the trustees, administration and Tressel.
“Despite the best efforts of our leadership and negotiators to resolve conflict and keep an open and transparent line of communication with this administration and with members of the board, we have been unable to correct issues or address concerns and bargaining unit morale continues to decline,” the statement read.
She also said the no confidence vote does not mean the union is not willing to work collaboratively with the board, administration and Tressel in the future.
“Our members made many sacrifices in the last contract in order to give the university an opportunity to get its financials in order. YSU-ACE is now being asked to make even greater concessions even though there has been no noticeable change in the administration’s spending habits since the last contract,” Frisby’s statement said.
The resolution of no confidence states that the trustees have continued to ask for deeper concessions from YSU-ACE while increasing spending in some areas of the university by adding additional, newly created administrative positions. It also states that the trustees, president and administration have violated the trust of the university community in their handling of health care funds and have failed to effectively manage the university’s finances.
The resolution also states the administration, trustees and Tressel have demonstrated a lack of respect for the ACE bargaining unit and have failed to act in the spirit of collaboration, cooperation and transparency by imposing the rejected contract.
No one from the university has yet responded to the resolution.