Our students impressed us immensely during last week’s strike. Their support, spirit, creativity, and solidarity (and many, many snacks and beverages) kept us going during a stressful time. We knew a strike would be difficult for everyone, including our students, but we also knew we had to do it to defend the quality of public higher education our students deserve. We hoped students would see past the tension of the moment and understand we truly had their best interests at heart. And, overwhelmingly, they did. THANK YOU, students!
We’re also thankful for the professionalism of those students who are studying journalism and covered the strike with accuracy and energy. Late Tuesday night, a student journalist contacted APSCUF’s associate director of communications to ask whether the strike had started early. The writer had seen major professional media outlets reporting this and wanted to confirm at the source. Indeed, APSCUF was waiting for the 5 a.m. deadline, and we were proud that our students were using what they’d learned in their classrooms to get the story right.
And, after 5 a.m. Wednesday, they did this without the guidance of their faculty advisers. (Click here to read an article in Chambersburg’s Public Opinion about Shippensburg student journalists’ efforts.)
Here’s a roundup of student coverage (If we’ve missed your reporting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add it to the list.):
All strike coverage — via BUnow.com
On the line at Cal U — CUTV
Faculty union strikes — via The Clarion Call
Students prepare protests — via The Clarion Call
Students join protests — via The Clarion Call
Strike ends — via The Clarion Call
Still no faculty contract — via The Stroud Courier
Tentative Agreement Brings an End to Three Day Faculty Strike — via The Stroud Courier
Faculty strike begins — via The Stroud Courier
All strike coverage — via Edinboronow
Students stand with faculty through first strike — via The Penn
Students arrive on campus to striking faculty — via The Keystone News
Faculty strike ends — via The Keystone News
A page from the Oct. 21 issue — via The Flashlight's Facebook page
APSCUF announces strike — via The Snapper
For the most part, students stand with striking professors — via The Snapper
#withAPSCUF gains traction on Twitter, other social media — via The Snapper
Second-day student demonstration emphasizes APSCUF support — via The Snapper
Historic strike ended, APSCUF and PASSHE reach tentative deal — via The Snapper
Historic strike over — via The Slate
Students demand voice at negotiating table — via The Slate
President hosts forum during strike — via The Slate
State system faces challenges despite tentative agreement — via The Slate
Special strike broadcast, Oct. 19 — via SUTV
Oct. 20 broadcast — via SUTV
Strike ends as PASSHE and APSCUF reach tentative contract agreement — via The Rocket
SRU students organize march on campus to support APSCUF — via The Rocket
Students march in support of APSCUF — via The Rocket
Second Day of Strike Photo Slideshow — via The Rocket
Best signs of the strike — via The Rocket
Schools give insight on strike’s effects — via The Quad
Strike ends after three days of picketing — via The Quad
Negotiators for APSCUF coaches and the State System reached a tentative agreement today. Click here to read the press release.
Faculty members at all 14 state-owned universities are on the picket lines for a second day after a strike began 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Click here to read this morning's press release, including information about the most recent bargaining session and the State System's proposal.
APSCUF will announce when it schedules a next negotiations session.
APSCUF members are heading to the picket lines after negotiators waited through the night for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to return to the bargaining table.
Click here to read more about the strike.
APSCUF negotiators are reviewing the State System’s last best offer. APSCUF remains at the table. We’re still ready to talk. Could Chancellor Frank Brogan not stay up past his bedtime to defend quality public higher education?
Click here to read APSCUF's release, which is being updated as the situation evolves.