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APSCUF stands in solidarity with United Teachers Los Angeles teachers who are on strike. Below is APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash’s letter to the UTLA president.

Jan. 22, 2019

Dear President Caputo-Pearl,

On behalf of the more than 5,000 faculty and coach members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) employed at the 14 state-owned universities, I write to say that we continue to stand with you and your colleagues as your strike enters its second week.

As educators, we fully appreciate the importance of what you and your colleagues do for the city of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the future of our nation. APSCUF members went on strike in 2016, and we fully comprehend what a difficult decision it is. Nevertheless, there are times when we — educators — must be the ones to stick up for our students and their futures.

Your goals of manageable class sizes, increased staff, fair pay, and a sensible curriculum are necessary ingredients for students’ success. We are inspired by your resilience and your concern for your students.

We hope that the reports of progress are accurate, but we will stand with you until you believe you have achieved a successful outcome. Please let me know if there is anything we can do.

In solidarity,

Kenneth M. Mash
APSCUF president