State University System and faculty negotiating teams agree to continue contract talks

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HARRISBURG, Pa. –  The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) wrapped up their latest bargaining session on Monday.

State System spokesman Kenn Marshall issued the following statement:

“Negotiating teams from the State System and APSCUF continued meeting today as they work toward a new collective bargaining agreement. The talks will resume again tomorrow morning, and another session is scheduled for Wednesday. The State System is committed to remaining at the bargaining table for as long as it takes to achieve an agreement that is fair to everyone involved, recognizing the extraordinary contributions our faculty make to the success of students and the universities and addressing the unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the universities.

“The two sides today exchanged a variety of proposals including on faculty pay and modifications to healthcare, as well as other important issues such as distance education. We are hopeful there will be continued progress when we resume discussions tomorrow as we work toward a contract that is affordable for our students and our universities. Our top priority remains our students, and ensuring they have continued, uninterrupted access to high-quality, affordable education.”

Both the University Faculties union and Coaches union have voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike if contract talks break down. The strike would after tens of thousands of students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state owned universities, including Millersville, Shippensburg and Kutztown.