COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to the second day of the Youngstown State University- Ohio Education Association's (YSU-OEA) strike as union officials and YSU administrators have yet to reach an agreement:


“I stand in solidarity with YSU faculty and the YSU-OEA as they strike for a fair contract. While salary differences seem to always get the most press, this is also about shared governance: the right to have a say in their departments, programs and classes; protecting the most vulnerable faculty; and retaining their intellectual property for faculty scholarship.


That the university did not accept the fact-finder’s proposal and would not suspend contract negotiations during the height of the pandemic as requested by the union shows that they do not want to truly bargain in good faith. The administration at YSU should be directing their criticism at the Republican-controlled legislature who continue to cut funds for education, making it harder for teachers and students to have an affordable and quality educational experience. I urge the administration to bargain in good faith and to restore the dignity of work that our students, faculty, staff and community deserve.”

 
 
 
  
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