Oct. 3, 2016
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Faculty members will stand together Oct. 6 to encourage their employer to bargain a fair contract and prevent a strike. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties plan to rally 8:30 a.m. to noon at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, where the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors is scheduled to meet.
Faculty members have been working under an expired contract for more than 450 days.
“We hope the Board of Governors seeing our members in person will help them realize the contract we negotiate affects real people who teach real students,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. “We have more negotiation sessions scheduled after the rally, and we hope the event encourages the State System’s negotiations team to get serious about a contract that is fair to students and faculty. The clock is ticking.”
APSCUF announced last month that faculty members will go on strike Oct. 19 if the parties do not reach an agreement by that date. APSCUF will not strike if the State System negotiates a fair contract.
APSCUF will provide transportation for faculty members from all 14 of its campuses. Members interested in attending should contact their chapter’s office manager immediately.
Members of other unions also are welcome.
APSCUF will not provide transportation to students, but any who attend on their own may join those rallying.
Attendees should tweet with the hashtag #withAPSCUF.
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.