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Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has announced it will dramatically increase healthcare costs and cut benefits for its nonrepresented staff.

As the nation works toward extending health benefits to all citizens, it is outrageous that PASSHE would impose such a plan on any of its employees, said Dr. Kenneth M. Mash, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.

APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities.

State System officials have repeated that they are saving on healthcare as a result of their one-year deals with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the State College and University Professional Association. That claim is demonstrably untrue, Mash said.

“Today state system officials demonstrated how they are willing to treat staff who have devoted their lives to our universities,” Mash said. “Those employees have no means to stand up for themselves. It is a good day for our faculty and coaches to be glad they belong to APSCUF.”

Click here to read the State System’s release.