The Teacher’s Union of Shawnee State University have been working without a contract for the past several months. Their last contract ran out in August.
Things were not going well for some time, but just recently, it appears that a contract is within reach, thanks to help from Federal Mediators and cooperation between the Union and the University. Both sides spoke briefly that they have reached what they called a tentative agreement.
Elizabeth Blevins, Shawnee State University’s Director of Marketing & Communications stated, “I believe that where we are now is that we have what they’re calling an agreement in principal and they are finalizing the written tentative agreement. As soon as that is complete, then we’ll be able to give more definitive information about the next step.”
Dr. Andrew Feight from Shawnee State University, who is serving as the SOPS (Standard Operating Procedures) person for the Union Crisis Committee, during the negotiations, said that he could report that a tentative agreement had been reached by the negotiating members. He stated that the union membership would now be reviewing the tentative agreement. Feight said that this tentative agreement happened after two mediation sessions with the help of federal mediators, which he said he thought was a good thing. He said that they hope to have a vote in the near future.
Blevins, also released this: “Here’s where we are with the SEA-SSU contract negotiations:
“We have a tentative agreement that will be shared with the Shawnee Education Association (SEA) members this weekend for their review. Members will then vote on ratification of the tentative agreement. Representatives from Shawnee State University and SEA have been working closely over the past few months to develop a three-year successor contract for the faculty.”
By the looks of the last statement, an agreement is within reach and will be in place at the University very soon. Neither party released details of what the agreement look like thus far.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 353-3101 ext. 1928