Negotiators are no closer to a deal after today’s faculty contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the union representing Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities’ faculties and coaches.
Teams from the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and from the State System met at West Chester University, where they discussed tenure and retrenchment articles but made no progress on the contract overall.
“We’ve been negotiating now for almost two years,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. “The time has come to stop piddling around. We need to get down to business, and the System needs to get serious. It’s unfair to do this to students.”
APSCUF faculty members at each of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities will participate in a strike-authorization vote Sept. 7–9, after delegates agreed last week to move the vote to union membership. The vote is the third of multiple steps before a job action could commence. APSCUF coaches will participate in a strike-authorization vote Sept. 14–15, after APSCUF’s Executive Council approved a request by the coaches’ leadership.
The next faculty negotiation session is slated for Sept. 8.
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.