Faculty members at state-owned universities will vote Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 11–13, on whether to ratify a tentative contract agreement that was finalized last week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties is slated to tally votes Friday, Nov. 15, at its Harrisburg office.
Delegates from all 14 campuses met today via a special legislative assembly conference call and voted to recommend the tentative agreement move forward to membership for ratification. If a majority of members vote in favor of ratifying the contract, it goes to the State System’s Board of Governors for approval.
“After productive and collaborative negotiations with the State System, we are very glad the process is moving forward,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. “I am certain that everyone at our universities and in the State System is looking forward to giving their complete attention to doing what we do best: providing an excellent college education for Pennsylvania’s college students.”
APSCUF will release contract details after the agreement is ratified by both its members and the State System.
“The success of Pennsylvania’s students hinges on a collaborative partnership between the State System and faculty,” State System Chancellor Dan Greenstein said. “I’m grateful to APSCUF’s leadership for their support throughout this process, and the trust and teamwork we have established to help solve our shared challenges. With our renewed partnership, I’m optimistic about the future of the State System.”
The most-recent faculty contract expired June 30, and by law, the provisions of that agreement continue until a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
APSCUF coaches, who bargain separately, are still in contract talks. Their next negotiations session is Nov. 18.
APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.