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Union-Represented Tenured Professors Reach Tentative Three-Year Contract Agreement With Kent State University – Agreement Avoids Potential Strike Set For Next Week

Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016
by Betty Lin-Fisher/Beacon Journal Staff Writer

(KENT, OHIO) -  Kent State University (KSU) and the American Association of University Professors-KSU have reached a Tentative Contract Agreement for its Tenured Professors and avoided a potential Strike next week.  The three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty was reached Monday (January 18th).

Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said the university would provide no further comment other than its press release, which added that “the parties will present the Tentative Agreement for approval to their respective constituents this week.  Details of the tentative contract will be released after ratification.”

Union spokesman Bill Sledzik, an Associate Professor at Kent’s School of Journalism, said the Union was “pleased it’s come together so we can avoid a work stoppage.”  “We were very near the brink here,” said Sledzik, who added the Union’s Advisory Council on Friday approved a Fact Finder’s Report, but also approved a notification to begin a strike next Monday.  In November, Members of the Union representing 772 Professors, approved a Strike Authorization if needed during negotiations.

Both sides had reached a stalemate over Raises and Medical Benefits. The previous agreement expired in August and the Professors were working under the former Contract.

Sledzik said the notification to the university about the potential Strike was never sent because when the Advisory Council Members got back to their office Friday afternoon, they received notification that the university had also accepted the Fact Finder’s Report and was willing to meet on Monday.  The two sides had moved to a Fact Finder after mediation had failed.

Sledzik said neither side can discuss the report until the Union Members are able to vote on the Tentative Agreement on Wednesday.

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