Welcome to the APSCUF students’ page! Here you will find the latest information about how contract negotiations affect you, upcoming events, student-centered projects, contacting your legislator, and APSCUF scholarships and internships. Click the links below to jump to the corresponding sections:
- Faculty and coach contract negotiations
- United We Stand, Underfunded We Fail: What you can do now
- Register to vote
- Watch a video to learn more
APSCUF is the voice for a quality public higher education that works to ensure students receive all the educational benefits and opportunities possible from our 14 state colleges and universities. Representing almost 110,000 students from the State System universities, APSCUF is dedicated to keeping students updated through our APSCUF Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages. We're also on Snapchat (APSCUF). Follow us!
Faculty and coach contract negotiations
Your professors, coaches, and other faculty members are organized in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. This union negotiates with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to reach a fair collective-bargaining agreement that facilitates faculty members' ability to provide quality, affordable higher education. Faculty and coach members have been working under expired contracts since June 30, 2015.
Negotiations for both contracts are ongoing. In early April, APSCUF members grew frustrated with the state of these negotiations and discussed a strike-authorization vote. In the end, it was concern for students that impelled delegates to delay such a vote until summer or fall. APSCUF's negotiations team continues to meet with the State System. While APSCUF and the State System have found common ground on some minor issues, overall there is no major progress toward a new contract. Full APSCUF faculty members voted Sept. 7–9 to authorize a strike, should APSCUF leaders deem one necessary. This does not automatically mean we will go on strike. We do not want to strike, but we will if we must to protect faculty members, coaches, and students in our fight to provide affordable, high-quality public education. On Sept. 19, the State System suggested nonbinding fact-finding with a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board arbitrator. The board did not grant the State System’s request. We prefer binding arbitration, which APSCUF suggested instead of fact-finding, because binding arbitration would bring the entire matter to a conclusion. The State System turned down our offer. Unless a contract is reached, faculty members will go on strike Oct. 19. We will continue to negotiate to do all we can to avoid a strike. Your faculty members will not strike if the State System negotiates a fair contract.
Multiple steps must take place before a strike begins. Simply, the process for faculty is:
- A simple majority of the negotiations committee recommends to place a strike-authorization vote on the agenda of the next legislative assembly or requests an emergency legislative assembly for that purpose. (Step completed)
- A simple majority of the legislative assembly calls for a strike-authorization vote of the membership. (Step completed)
- A simple majority of the faculty active membership votes to authorize a strike. (Step completed)
- A 10-vote majority of the negotiations committee approves a strike. (Step completed)
- The State APSCUF president, in consultation with the negotiations committee, notifies the members of a strike date. (Step completed)
- The State APSCUF president, in consultation with the negotiations committee, officially announces a strike has begun.
- IF THE STATE SYSTEM NEGOTIATES A FAIR CONTRACT, A STRIKE WILL NOT OCCUR.
Confused about the Q&A the State System emailed you
Sept. 27? Click here to get the facts about the "fact sheet" the System distributed.
Concerned about what a strike could mean to you and your academic progress? Click here or on the image at left to download a PDF file with frequently asked questions about a faculty strike. Click here to read FAQs about a coach strike. Follow APSCUF on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to the APSCUF blog for updates about negotiations progress. You also can tell State System officials to go to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract with your faculty by signing this petition or writing to Chancellor Frank Brogan at email@example.com. Need help starting your message? Click here to read a letter from an APSCUF intern to the chancellor.
United We Stand, Underfunded We Fail: What you can do now
About 500 people filled the Capitol rotunda Feb. 8, 2016, to advocate for fair funding for our 14 state-owned universities. The event was a roaring display of unity and activism featuring legislators and State System students, faculty members, and alumni. Students and professional media reported the Feb. 8 event, and we documented the activities, too.
But our work is not over, and there is much you can do:
• Contact your university's APSCUF office to find out how you can get involved on your campus.
• Apply for an APSCUF internship to learn more about what the organization does for students, faculty, and coaches — and to take an active role in our efforts.
Register to vote
Make your voice heard by voting. Get started by registering here via this link or by downloading an application here. To vote in the November presidential election, you must be registered by Oct. 11, 2016.
State APSCUF scholarship
APSCUF offers a $3,000 scholarship to relatives of APSCUF or APSCURF members in good standing. Click here to download a PDF containing more information and the application. The 2016 deadline was March 4. If you are interested in the 2017 scholarship, email Nancy Koutris, director of membership services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government/public relations internship
Each semester, we offer a paid internship in government and public relations for undergraduates attending a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. The APSCUF internship is a great opportunity for a student interested in government, politics, public affairs, journalism, or communications. APSCUF interns must be professional, self-motivated, and skilled communicators. Our recent interns have gone on to jobs in the legislature, lobbying, and the news media.
We are seeking a junior or senior majoring in political science, communications, journalism, or a related field to serve as a government relations/communications intern at the state APSCUF office building at 319 N. Front St. in Harrisburg. The student internship must be for academic credit under the supervision of a State System university faculty member. The successful applicant should have strong knowledge of government workings, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. APSCUF will pay $11 per hour, and interns are expected to work 35 hours each week, Monday through Friday. Please note:
• The spring 2017 internship begins Jan. 23, 2017, and concludes May 5, 2017. The application deadline is Nov. 7, 2016.
• The summer 2017 internship begins May 30, 2017, and concludes Aug. 11, 2016. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2017.
• The fall 2017 internship begins Aug. 28, 2017, and concludes Dec. 8, 2017. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2017.
For more information, including duties and how to apply, click here to download the internship application. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Hillman, associate director of government relations, or Kathryn Morton, associate director of communications.
Click this link or the image below to watch a video about how APSCUF provides students with the best education possible.