Coaches from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) petitioned and elected the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF) to represent them as their sole and exclusive collective bargaining agent.

APSCUF coaches are unique in the sense that the APSCUF Coaches’ Collective Bargaining Agreement established national precedent in 2002, with APSCUF being the first union to organize non-faculty athletic coaches in a public higher education system.

By joining APSCUF, you are supporting not only yourself, but your peers, the coaching profession and your studentathletes. Union membership also shows team spirit with your own colleagues and other unionized employees at your university.

What can APSCUF do for me?

APSCUF provides the following services for nearly 6,000 faculty and coaches:

  • Asserts your federal, state, and contractual labor rights
  • Files unfair labor practice charges
  • Assists with the grievance procedure and arbitration
  • Provides representation in discipline and discharge proceedings
  • Conducts Meet and Discuss sessions with state and local university officials
  • Bargains collectively for the best possible contract
  • Lobbies state legislators on issues of interest and keeps members informed
  • Advances coaches’ priorities with the public and news media
  • Obtains a variety of members-only benefits like discounts on home and auto insurance, and cellular phone service; and
  • Maintains a retiree organization (APSCURF).

What Can I Do For APSCUF?

The difference we've made

Prior to collective bargaining (June 2002)Today
Coaches negotiated wages and working conditions on their own. Coaches have livable minimum salaries that continue to increase, along with pay equity awareness.
Coaches had no job security, no just cause provision, no representation rights and faced the threat of termination at the university’s whim. APSCUF coaches have a just cause provision, representation rights and job security through rollover contracts of employment.
Coaches had no rights to a buy-out of their contract. APSCUF coaches have a contractual right to a buyout of their contract, if non-renewed.
Coaches had no grievance rights. APSCUF coaches have a grievance procedure.
Coaches had no sick leave, no personal days, no flexibility with nonservice time. Coaches have sick leave, personal leave, a sick leave bank and sick leave payout upon retirement, and a maximum 47-week service period.
Non-exempt coaches received no straight-time or overtime pay for hours worked beyond the normal workweek. Non-exempt coaches are paid fairly for all hours worked beyond the normal 37.5-hour workweek.

Coaches Negotiations Update

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE: December 13, 2012

Late Wednesday evening, APSCUF coaches and the State System of Higher Education reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement on a successor pact that runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015. The tentative agreement would cover APSCUF’s 400 coaches.

In the four-year deal, the parties agreed to compensation similar to the statewide pattern, an increase in minimum salaries, and a revised health care co-payment that is both affordable and helps PASSHE maintain the current plan. Current coaches and retirees will share the health care plan design that is negotiated for the faculty. The agreement also includes small but important changes that provide the coaches similar benefits to faculty. The details of the tentative agreement will be released after the ratification process is complete.

The next step in ratification is the approval of APSCUF’s Executive Council on December 20, followed by the recommendation of the coach delegates to Legislative Assembly. A ratification vote of the full coach membership is expected shortly after the beginning of the spring semester, which starts on January 28, 2013.

The team is thankful for the support of Jim Cowden, lead negotiator, and APSCUF staff, especially Julie Reese. We are also mindful that our union colleagues in the faculty are still without an agreement and we hope that PASSHE treats them with the same fairness that they showed us on December 12.


The Coaches Negotiations Team last met with PASSHE negotiators on Monday, November 12, 2012. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Remember to get the latest negotiations updates here!

Fair share coaches: Become a member and be a team player! Remember, only APSCUF members can vote during the coaches’ contract ratification or strike authorization process. Coaches who are fair share (non-members) can complete a membership card at the local APSCUF office and be immediately eligible to vote on any upcoming issue.

Why become an APSCUF member? The difference between being a full dues paying member and fair share is nominal: Non-members pay a fee of 1.035% of earnings. APSCUF members pay only 1.15% of their earnings as union dues. In addition, there are a variety of members-only benefits, like discounts on home and auto insurance and cellular phone services. If you are unsure of your membership status, you can inquire with the local APSCUF office.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE: November 12, 2012

A fifteenth joint bargaining session was held on Monday, November 12, 2012, at PASSHE. No state mediator attended. PASSHE presented a proposal to maintain the coaches' salary sharing practice for healthcare co-pay, which was offered along with a 'me too' with faculty for healthcare benefit plan/tier design. Though maintaining the coaches' salary sharing practice for healthcare co-pay is a move in the right direction, it is clear that management's proposal calls for significant increases to the current salary sharing co-pay rates for coaches.

APSCUF presented a comprehensive proposal to PASSHE. APSCUF's comprehensive proposal encompasses both non-economic and economic subjects and focuses on establishing equity for coaches. At the end of the meeting, PASSHE indicated that it will respond by providing its own comprehensive proposal, to be reviewed at the next bargaining session, now scheduled for Dec. 12, 2012.


APSCUF's coaches negotiations team met with PASSHE negotiators for the fourteenth joint bargaining session on Monday, October 15, 2012, at State APSCUF in Harrisburg. PASSHE presented the APSCUF team with a new healthcare design proposal, which was presented to the faculty team on October 5. The proposal dealt only with benefit plan design and benefit levels for both actives and annuitants. The coaches' team and the faculty team are currently reviewing the details of the proposals, but it's clear that the proposals call for significant changes to the current healthcare structure.

The next joint bargaining session for the coaches is scheduled for Monday, November 12. The next joint faculty bargaining session will be held in one week on October 22, where PASSHE will be presenting more information concerning changes to healthcare plan design.


Contact APSCUF

319 North Front Street
Harrisburg PA 17101
or 800-932-0587
Click here for directions

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