Friday, 09 November 2012 16:46

PASSHE's new concessionary proposal won't stop strike authorization vote

APSCUF negotiators met with the Chancellor’s representatives today, Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg.  With the strike authorization vote looming, PASSHE presented APSCUF with a new concessionary comprehensive proposal.  The new proposal continues to increase out-of-pocket healthcare costs for active members and to restrict physicians’ discretion in prescribing medications.  Current employees would receive reduced benefits and pay increased costs for retiree healthcare.  New employees would receive minimal payments toward a voucher that could not sustain current retiree healthcare benefits.  Part-time temporary faculty would be placed on a different lower pay scale that would ultimately discourage the hiring of full-time temporaries.  Distance education payments would be discontinued, and the teaching of distance education would no longer be voluntary.  The new proposal includes a bonus for faculty who would retire this year, but only if APSCUF agrees to waive the 25% cap on temporaries for replacements.  The new proposal no longer includes a 35% cut for temporary faculty, and it does include retirement healthcare benefits for same sex domestic partners.  APSCUF’s Chief Negotiator informed PASSHE that while there was movement in the new proposal, it was still overwhelmingly concessionary.  APSCUF informed the Chancellor’s representatives that the association would present a new comprehensive proposal at the next meeting scheduled for December 11, 2012, in Harrisburg.  There is an additional negotiations session scheduled for December 19th in Philadelphia.  During a conference call held late in the afternoon on Friday, November 9, the APSCUF Negotiations Committee unanimously reaffirmed its intent to proceed with next week’s strike authorization vote.


#8 Tim Mayers 2012-11-13 11:03
And finally, Rep. Roae: In his most recent budget proposal, Governor Corbett wanted to reduce PASSHE appropriations to a dollar amount roughly equivalent to what they were in 1989-1990. If we cut Corrections funding to 1990 dollar levels, we could--without increasing taxes by a single penny--fully fund the PASSHE and even offer students free tuition. Obviously, that's not going to happen, but the larger questions remain: why are you focusing on the PASSHE and not on the Department of Corrections? Isn't higher education a far greater moral and economic imperative than locking people (more than half of whom have committed nonviolent crimes) behind bars?
#7 Tim Mayers 2012-11-13 11:02
More for Representative Roae: The yearly operating budget for the PASSHE--all 14 universities plus the Chancellor's office--is $1.5 billion, and significantly less than half of that amount comes from state appropriations. Since 1990, the yearly operating budget for the Department of Corrections (100% of which is funded by the taxpayers) INCREASED by $1.5 billion. In other words, PA taxpayers shell out $1.5 billion more per year for Corrections than we did in 1990. (To be continued again . . . )
#6 Tim Mayers 2012-11-13 11:00
Representative Roae: Rather than focus on your gross misrepresentati ons of faculty workloads and benefits, I'd like to approach this whole issue from another angle. Why are you so focused on the PASSHE as a target of cost-cutting and restructuring when, if you were genuinely interested in being a good steward of the taxpayers' money, a far more obvious target would be the Department of Corrections? (To be continued. . . )
#5 APSCUF 2012-11-13 10:57
Quoting Seth Kahn:
So just to clarify--the new proposal re: adjunct faculty pay would vary the payscale by teaching load? Am I reading that right?
That’s correct. The most recent proposal would place part-time temporary faculty on a lower pay scale than full-time temporaries.
#4 Brad Roae 2012-11-12 13:21
See for link to outrageous 27% pay raise in a three year period that some APSCUF professors received in the last union contract. Teaching 12 hours a week is "full time" and their kids get free tuition. 7% of professors can also be on full pay and full benefit sabbaticals at any given time. 80% of PASSHE budget is for salaries and benefits.
#3 Mary OConnor 2012-11-11 12:12
Is PASSHE's original proposal different re: generic prescription co-pays of $10?
#2 Steve Hicks 2012-11-10 08:45
Yes, you got it.
#1 Seth Kahn 2012-11-09 18:43
So just to clarify--the new proposal re: adjunct faculty pay would vary the payscale by teaching load? Am I reading that right?

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