Joint Statement


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Contact: Annette Burden, President, YSU-OEA, 330-647-4435


YSU unions issue joint statement in response to Board of Trustee’s proposed staff layoffs, additional budget cuts


The leadership of YSU-OEA representing university faculty, YSU-ACE representing classified civil service employees, YSU-APAS representing professional and administrative employees, and YSU-FOP representing the fraternal order of police today issued this joint statement:


We are disappointed that the members of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees decided to implement decisions regarding reduction in personnel rather than explore more innovative solutions as they attempt to deal with the university’s budget deficit.


It is unfortunate that these budget cuts were formulated without input from the dedicated men and women who know the most about the day-to-day and year-to-year operation of YSU: the faculty members who teach the students, the employees who literally keep the lights on, and the professionals who provide essential services to the students, faculty, and administration on a daily basis.


Over the years we have offered to work with the Trustees to craft a long-term strategy that would place YSU on firm financial ground.  We were, and we remain eager to lend our insight, expertise, and knowledge to a collaborative effort to strengthen YSU fiscally and academically. Such a joint effort would clearly be in the best interest of the students, the institution, and the community it serves.


We asked President Dunn to approve of the formation of a joint task force comprised of himself, a member of the Board, and two representatives from each of the four unions: YSU-OEA, YSU-ACE, YSU-APAS, YSU-FOP that will study the university’s fiscal condition and explore creative alternatives to avert the layoffs that were announced today.  President Dunn agreed with our request without reservation.  We are confident that this task force can complete this critically important task if every member shares our commitment to the long-term sustainability and viability of YSU.


In conclusion, we want to emphasize that we fully recognize the depth and breadth of the challenges YSU faces.  It is our hope that the mistakes made in the past will not be repeated in the future.  The task force represents an opportunity to begin a new era of cooperation that will lead to long-term growth at YSU.  We are pleased that the administration and Board have seized this opportunity.


For more information please contact Annette Burden at 330-647-4435.