More than 160 non-union professional and administrative staff employees at Youngstown State University have volunteered for concessions amounting to more than $350,000 in savings for the university.
Last month, YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson asked that the union-exempt employees help with the university’s budget challenges by voluntarily signing up for unpaid furlough days, forfeiting vacation days or making monetary contributions to the university’s general fund.
Of the 211 non-union professional and administrative employees, 165 signed up for concessions totaling $351,484. On average, participating employees volunteered concessions amounting to more than $2,100 each. Participants in the voluntary cost-savings program include all professional and administrative staff employees, including the president, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, executive directors, directors and managers, that are not members of a bargaining unit union on campus.
“I want to thank all of these employees for voluntarily participating in this cost savings effort,” Anderson said. “Their sacrifice reflects their understanding of our financial circumstances, their willingness to help us address those circumstances and their continued commitment to YSU and our students.”
Due mostly to state budget cuts and an unexpected drop in enrollment, the university faces a budget deficit of about $7 million this fiscal year. The YSU Board of Trustees meets Friday in a retreat to review the budget and develop a plan to address the deficit.
Members of the university’s classified staff and faculty unions recently agreed to new contracts that call for a two-year pay freeze as well as increases in health insurance contributions. Non-union professional and administrative staff employees also have had their pay frozen and also will make increased health insurance contributions.
About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.