Union Representing Faculty at State Universities Sets Strike Date
HERSHEY — The union representing faculty and coaches at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania announced Friday they will strike October 19th if there is no resolution before then.
The possibility of a strike has been hanging over students and staff since the start of the semester. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union said at a news conference that the faculty has offered health care concessions but that the State System of Higher Education wants millions of dollars in other concessions.
Some of the union’s concerns include increasing the number of temporary faculty, allowing grad students to teach courses, cuts to funding for faculty scholarships and professional development and allowing university presidents to transfer faculty to other departments.
This union includes 5,500 faculty at the following state-owned universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania