Even though professors at Central Michigan University have returned to their classrooms to await a fact finding report, some are still on the picket lines exercising their First Amendment rights and protesting their lack of a contract.

Higher education professionals in New York are also on the picket lines. At Long Island University (LIU), faculty contracts ended on Aug. 31. This week negotiations broke down, and faculty members at the school’s Brooklyn and C.W. Post campuses voted to strike. The C.W. Post Collegial Federation (CWPCF) represents full-time faculty at the university’s C.W. Post campus in Brookville. The Long Island University Faculty Federation (LIUFF) represents full-time and adjunct professors at the school’s Brooklyn Campus and extension campuses. Both are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

According to a report on WNYC and another on the New York Times website, salary and health care benefits are the major impediments to a deal for the LIUFF and LIU’s administration.

Updates will be available on the LIUFF website at liuff.org and the CWPCF website at cwpcf.org.

If you’d like to show your support for the Long Island University Faculty Federation, please visit the LIUFF Facebook page and post a message on their wall.

In news closer to home, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) announced this week they had reached a final agreement with AFSCME. While AFSCME and the Commonwealth concluded their contract negotiations this summer, the State System had several additional issues to resolve with the 4,000 AFSCME employees working at the 14 state-owned universities.

According to the news release from PASSHE: .