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Students affiliated with organized labor urged to apply for YSU—OEA $1,000 Union Heritage Scholarship

January 15, 2014

YSU-OEA, the union that represents Youngstown State University’s 367 faculty members, is now accepting applications for the organization’s Union Heritage Scholarship. The $1,000 stipend is awarded annually to a student affiliated with organized labor and may be used to defray the cost of tuition, fees, or books. Applications may be obtained online at http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/finaid/scholar/est_scholar_data.cfm?scholar_ID=558. Members of YSU-OEA’s Executive Board will review all applications submitted and select the recipient of the scholarship in the spring of 2014. Deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2014.

“We are both pleased and proud to offer this scholarship to a student who has ties to the labor movement,” YSU-OEA President Dr. Annette Burden said. “People who have direct ties to the labor movement have a unique understanding of the vital role unions play in in our community, state, and nation. We created the scholarship to ensure that students who appreciate the benefits of union membership have the opportunity to add their perspective to classroom discussions during their years at YSU.”

Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students currently enrolled in YSU who are or were members of a union for two or more years or who have a family member who is or was a member for five years or more are eligible to apply for the Union Heritage Scholarship.

Applicants must also meet the following GPA requirements:

Sophomores: GPA of 2.75 or higher, 31 semester hours completed Juniors: GPA of 3.25 or higher, 62 semester hours completed Seniors: GPA of 3.5 or higher, 93 semester hours completed Grad students: GPA of 3.5 or higher

Dr. Burden noted that the Union Heritage Scholarship is need-based so applicants must have completed and submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form to YSU’s Financial Aid Office in order to be considered.


YSU unions issue joint statement as budget task force convenes

Friday, October 18, 2013

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

As the joint task force empaneled by President Stephen Dunn to address YSU’s budget deficit begins its work, we want to reiterate that we are eager to engage in a substantive dialogue that will produce innovative solutions to the financial difficulties that have plagued the university for far too long.

In order for the task force to achieve this important goal, we believe the process must be guided by overarching principles:

First, while achieving fiscal stability is crucial, doing so must not come at the cost of undermining our ability to deliver the high quality education YSU students expect and deserve.  After all, obtaining the skills, knowledge, training and experience needed to achieve and succeed in the highly competitive global economy is the reason students enroll in the university. Maintaining our ability to provide that education is the true key to YSU’s  long-term sustainability.  If we sacrifice that ability in order to balance the budget we may ultimately find ourselves with a fiscally sound institution that is devoid of students.

Second, we believe that every component of the university’s budget must be subject to examination and discussion by the task force.  Too often in the past fiscal policy was focused solely on raising revenue and reducing personnel costs.  In order to succeed we believe there can no longer be budgetary “sacred cows.” Every line item, including athletics, must be on the table for review.

Finally, we look forward to using our innate knowledge of university operations to develop a long-range strategy that will strengthen YSU fiscally and academically. We are confident that our input, if given due consideration by the Board of Trustees and administration, will enhance the university’s ability to meet the needs of the students and community it serves.



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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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

We are disappointed that the members of the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees decided to embrace draconian measures rather than 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 repeatedly 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 institution and the community it serves.

Despite the Board’s past refusals to partner with us, we asked President Dunn to immediately empanel a joint task force comprised of himself, members of the Board, and representatives of YSU-OEA, YSU-ACE, YSU-APAS, YSU-FOP that will be given 60 days to to study the university’s fiscal condition and craft alternatives to the budget cuts that were announced today.  He has agreed to do so.  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.