Education, National

Pennsylvania State-University Professors Go on Strike

October 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pennsylvania, PA – Faculty members at the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education went out of strike at 5 a.m. Oct. 19, eight hours after state negotiators issued a “last, best offer.”

“They told us they were done talking to us,” Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said in a statement. That last offer, the union said, would put adjunct faculty members on a separate and lower salary scale, and charge faculty more for health care, even after APSCUF accepted givebacks such as deductibles and increased copays for prescriptions. The strike, the first in the union’s history, involves more than 5,000 faculty members at campuses including Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Shippensburg, and West Chester, which have more than 100,000 students enrolled. It does not affect the better-known schools of Penn State, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Lincoln University, which are part of a separate “state-related” system. No further talks are currently scheduled. Read more

October 21, 2016

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