YSU trustees approve contract with professional/administrative staff

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees today ratified a three-year contract with the union representing professional staff employees.

Members of the YSU Association for Professional and Administrative Staff overwhelmingly ratified the pact in a vote last week. APAS represents about 160 employees.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we want to thank the negotiating teams for both APAS and the administration for developing this contract,” Board Chair Carole Weimer said. “We want to particularly recognize the APAS leadership and membership for their professionalism and spirit of collegiality during these challenging financial times.”

Ed Villone, APAS chief negotiator and president-elect, added: “The constant theme of our team was job security for our members and finding creative ways to meet the needs of the university while not sacrificing our own needs and concerns. We believe these objectives were satisfied and done without having to yell, scream or even raise our voices during this very professional process.”

He said another wage freeze “is a difficult pill to swallow.” But, in light of major budget cuts announced recently by the University of Akron, Villone said APAS is “glad the administration worked well with our team to reach manageable goals.”

The contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2015, includes a three-year wage freeze. It also includes a one-time lump sum payment averaging $1,000 per employee in the third year depending on changes to health insurance. The agreement also includes reductions in sick leave accrual payout at retirement, reduction of the top-level annual vacation accrual, reductions in layoff notice time, the ability to subcontract work, and changes to health insurance that are consistent with classified employees.