HARRISBURG (WBRE/WYOU) – The union representing faculty at the 14 campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says its members will vote on a potential strike September 7-9th.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches says its legislative assembly authorized the strike vote Thursday, as it continues negotiating a new contract with the State System of Higher Education.
On Tuesday, ahead of two days of bargaining sessions, the University system sent an email to students that classes will begin August 29th, and will continue, whether a contract is reached or not. The email informed students the system has a strike contingency plan prepared should faculty and coaches walk out.
The State System university include Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.
In a statement Thursday, the Union’s President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash stated “Our faculty and coaches clearly feel that the State System has not negotiated fairly; they are more interested in playing games than negotiating seriously.”
The email to students noted the union has taken a strike authorization vote during each of the last four contract negotiations.