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Today, October 15, 2012, was the deadline for the State System to accept APSCUF’s offer of binding interest arbitration. The Chancellor responded this afternoon; he not only refused the offer, but he went on to state that PASSHE fully endorses its current proposal. The proposal on the table still demands concessions, including compensation reductions for temporary faculty, the elimination of payments for distance education, and significant changes to both active and retiree health care.

Because the Chancellor has refused the offer of binding arbitration, we must take the next step towards achieving a fair contract. APSCUF will proceed with a special Legislative Assembly on Saturday, October 20. The sole purpose of that meeting is to take a strike authorization vote.