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Fiscal issues spur faculty strike at Youngstown State

October 12, 2020 GMT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Faculty members at Youngstown State University went on strike Monday as negotiators continued their efforts to resolve disputes over salary increases and related issues.

The walkout did not disrupt classes, as the school is currently on a brief fall break. Students are due back in class on Wednesday, and school President Jim Tressel sent them an email stating the university is making plans to continue classes if the faculty remains on strike.

The two sides reported making some progress Sunday on a potential three-year contract and were due to meet again on Monday afternoon.

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The main sticking point in the talks has been salary increases.

A fact-finder has recommended that faculty members get a 6% pay increase over three years. School officials have said that doesn’t take into account financial challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, but union officials say the school is projecting its financial situation to be more dire than it is.