Federal mediator to be assigned to YEA, YCSD contract talks
The union for the nearly 450 employees for the Youngstown Education Association (YEA), the union for employees of the Youngstown district and negotiation representatives for the Youngstown City Schools Board of Education met recently to begin bargaining a new contract for employees, however, YEA officials are declaring an impasse.
According to YEA spokesperson Jim Courim, union negotiating officials and attorneys for the district from the law firm of BakerHostetler, as well as district superintendent Justin Jennings and other district officials met on May 4 for its first negotiation session before the contract between school employees and the district expires on June 30.
The YEA press release alleges that the negotiation session made no progress, and has invoked the contractual procedure to enter into mediation around contract negotiations. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) will assign a federal mediator to assist the both parties to attempt to reach a resolution before the contract expires. The service, which is federally funded, will not cost the YEA or the Board additional
The press release stated "YEA is excited about the fact that the local Board of Education has full local control over the school district, and they wish to collaborate with the recently-empowered local Board to optimize student success."
Now as part of its ongoing effort to resolve negotiations in as timely a manner as possible, YEA is invoking the contractual procedure to enter into mediation around contract negotiations. The mediation process involves contacting the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), who will assign a federal mediator to assist the parties. This service is federally funded and will not cost either the YEA or the Board additional funds.