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Bargaining Sessions Update

 

October 21, 2016

 

A tentative agreement has been reached between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). Details of the agreement, which would run through June 30, 2018, will be released upon ratification. To view a news release on the tentative agreement, please click here

October 19, 2016

 

Major elements of the State System's proposal to APSCUF:​​
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  • Pay increases for all regular and temporary faculty
  • Healthcare package identical to that provided to other State System employees included in the plan (university health center nurses; campus police and security officers; and all nonrepresented employees, including chancellor, university presidents, administrators and IT staff)
  • Revised annuitant healthcare plan for new hires after January 1, 2019 (would provide coverage for up to five years after retirement or until retiree attained Medicare eligibility). Current retirees and employees would not be affected by this change.
  • Expanded student internship opportunities
  • Tentative agreements already reached on State System proposals to modernize distance education and to enhance the ability of universities to recruit and retain high-quality faculty.

 

The following early proposals were withdrawn by the State System in order to move negotiations forward:

  • Require full-time, temporary faculty to teach five courses instead of four
  • Increase the cap on number of temporary faculty from 25% to 30%
  • Allow certain graduate students to gain teaching experience in instructional labs and clinics, with department approval and under supervision of a faculty mentor
  • Ability to transfer qualified faculty to other departments without a secret ballot vote of the faculty

October 18, 2016

 

Negotiations between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) continued into a fifth straight day.
The two sides have made significant progress since the current round of talks began on Friday, including reaching tentative agreements on more than a dozen issues, including distance education, recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty, and professional responsibilities of faculty outside of the classroom.
The State System has withdrawn a number of proposals in order to help focus discussions and move toward a final agreement. Among those withdrawn were proposals that would have redefined the workload of full-time temporary faculty by requiring them to teach an additional course in exchange for relieving them of other responsibilities, reduced the pay of part-time temporary faculty, and increased the maximum number of temporary faculty the universities could employ.
Despite the progress, APSCUF has continued to refuse the System's numerous offers to provide raises to both permanent and temporary faculty and a healthcare package identical to what other State System employees have. To view a detailed summary of the State System's current proposal, please click here.
The faculty union had previously announced its intent to ask its members to go on strike at 5 a.m., tomorrow (Wednesday).
To view the State System's news release on the current status of negotiations, please click here.
 

October 14, 2016

 

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and APSCUF resumed negotiations today in an attempt to achieve a new collective bargaining agreement. Negotiators will return to the bargaining table again tomorrow.
Prior to today's session, the State System withdrew nearly two dozen proposed contract changes as a way to focus the discussion.

The State System continues to offer faculty raises in each of the three remaining years on the contract period, in exchange for healthcare plan changes already applied to other System employees, including campus police and security officers, nurses, and administrators. The System also is seeking operational changes that would produce additional necessary cost savings while providing the universities greater flexibility and enhancing students’ educational experiences.

The raises being offered would range from 7.25 percent to 17.25 percent for individual faculty members based on their years of service; some faculty also would receive additional cash payments in some years. State System faculty are among the highest paid in the nation, ranking in the top 10 to 15 percent among their peers at similar public colleges and universities. The average total earnings of a full-time faculty member at a System university last year was just under $100,000, not including benefits.

The proposed healthcare plan changes would increase the share of the premium paid by faculty members by about $7 to $14 every two weeks. Other plan adjustments would include new deductible and co-insurance requirements for some medical services and higher prescription drug co-payments. The changes took effect in January for all other employee groups covered by the plan and are in line with those agreed to earlier this year by the state's largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents about 4,000 State System employees.
The State System has informed APSCUF that it is prepared to remain at the bargaining table until an agreement is reached.

October 12, 2016

 

Negotiations between the State System and the faculty union (APSCUF) resume Friday, October 14, and are scheduled to continue Saturday and Sunday, as well. The State System is confident an agreement can be reached and has informed APSCUF that it is prepared to remain at the table—even beyond Sunday, if necessary—to reach an agreement.
The State System has submitted a number of revised proposals to the APSCUF bargaining team. Below is a summary of all current State System proposals. To view the actual proposals, click on the appropriate links.
Article 7 (Performance of Bargaining Unit Work) – Would allow the university president to authorize the transfer of a qualified faculty member to another department while providing members of the receiving department the opportunity to make a recommendation regarding the transfer; would eliminate the requirement that the members of the receiving department approve the transfer in a vote conducted by secret ballot.
Article 11 (Appointment of Faculty) – Would change the maximum allowable number of temporary and regular part-time faculty at any university from 25 percent to 30 percent of the full-time equivalent of all faculty.
Article 12 (Performance Review and Evaluation of Faculty) – Would make revisions to criteria used to evaluate faculty on the basis of effective teaching and fulfillment of professional responsibilities, continuing scholarly growth and service. NOTE: Tentative agreement already has been reached on a variety of issues related to faculty evaluations.
Article 15 (Tenure) – Would allow the university president to grant continuation of tenure to associate provosts and associate deans who were appointed directly from a tenured faculty position within the university; would revise tenure review process.
Article 16 (Promotions) – Would clarify that where a faculty member does not report to a Dean that another “appropriate manager” would make the recommendation for his/her promotion; would require the university-wide tenure committee to include a rationale for each recommendation for promotion.
Article 18 (Leaves of Absence) – Would reduce from 7 percent to 3 percent the percentage of faculty who could be on paid sabbatical leave in any one year. NOTE: The parties have tentatively agreed to new language related to educational leaves without pay for up to two years.
Article 21 (Fringe Benefits) – Would implement a series of healthcare plan design changes that already have been implemented for other State System employees, including increasing the employee’s share of the premium from 15 percent to 18 percent for those who participate in a healthcare management program and from 25 percent to 28 percent for those who do not; to view all of the proposed changes, please click here.
Article 22 (Salaries) – Would provide faculty general pay increases of 2.75 percent in 2016-17, 2.0 percent in 2017-18 and 2.5 percent in 2018-19, as well as service increments of 2.5 percent or 5 percent or cash payments equivalent to 2.5 percent of a faculty member’s salary in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Article 23 (Workload and Workload Equivalents) – Would set the workload for full-time, temporary faculty at 30 workload hours (15 workload hours per semester); Would make various adjustments to workload for faculty, including counselors and those who teach science labs and supervise interns.
Article 25 (Overload) – Would adjust when a temporary faculty member would become eligible for overload pay.
Article 29 (Retrenchment) – Would move the date by which a university must notify the faculty union of possible retrenchment of faculty positions that may occur before the start of the following academic year from the previous August 1 to February 15; affected faculty members would be notified by May 1.
Article 30 (Health and Welfare) – Would incorporate the current amounts the State System contributes on behalf of each faculty member to the Health and Welfare Fund, which provides dental and vision benefits to faculty, into the agreement.
Article 34 (Inter University Transfers) – Would eliminate the entire article.
Article 42 (Distance Education) – Would update contract language regarding distance education and adjust compensation rates for faculty who teach courses via ITV (Interactive Television).
 

September 21, 2016

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for five days beginning September 16 in Harrisburg.

During the sessions, the State System proposed raising faculty pay by nearly 12 percent while seeking contractual changes that would preserve quality and affordability. The pay package currently on the table for consideration by APSCUF would raise faculty salaries by a combined $159 million over the life of the proposed contract. The raises being offered by the State System would be dependent upon the faculty union agreeing to the same healthcare plan changes (see below) already applied to all other employees in the System’s healthcare plan, as well as to other contractual changes that would produce total cost savings of about $70 million.

During today’s session, the State System proposed eight additional bargaining sessions, including meetings through this weekend. APSCUF declined to meet again until next month. The union has announced its intent to go on strike no later than October 30 unless a new contract is reached.

While negotiations between the State System and APSCUF continue, the State System has asked the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to initiate fact finding to ensure continued progress toward an agreement. The Labor Board could consider the System’s request on Friday.
The fact finding process utilizes a neutral third party to review the proposals of both parties—and the related documentation supporting those proposals—in order to form recommendations that could lead to a settlement. Though the fact finder’s recommendations would not be binding on either side, they would provide an unbiased perspective on both the State System’s and APSCUF’s proposals. If the parties were to reach and ratify an agreement before the conclusion of the fact finder’s work, the fact finding process would end. While fact finding is taking place, a process that takes up to 40 days, a strike could not occur.

PROPOSED HEALTHCARE PLAN CHANGES
The healthcare plan changes sought by the State System mirror those already put into effect for all other employees covered by the System-administered plan, including university health center nurses; campus police and security officers; and all employees not represented by any union, including the chancellor, university presidents, and other campus administrators.

Since January those employees have been contributing about $7 to $14 more every two-week pay period toward the cost of their health insurance premium—depending on their level of coverage—than are faculty. Other plan adjustments made at the beginning of this year include new deductible and co-insurance requirements for some medical services and higher prescription drug co-payments.

The State System worked with its healthcare provider on the plan changes to ensure they would both lower the cost of coverage for the System and continue to provide a level of benefits to employees that is extremely competitive in the higher education market, all without having any effect on the student learning experience or reducing other important services.

PROPOSED TEMPORARY FACULTY WORKLOAD CHANGES
The State System’s proposal related to the distribution of the workload for temporary faculty recognizes the role they play, and how it differs from that of tenured and tenure-track faculty, who would not be affected by the proposed changes for temporary faculty.

All full-time faculty are currently responsible for teaching the equivalent of four courses each semester and for conducting research and providing service to the university. The State System is proposing that temporary full-time faculty teach one additional course per semester. In exchange, research and service would be eliminated from their workload.

Part-time, temporary faculty also would no longer be required to conduct research and provide service to the university. They would continue to be paid on a prorated basis for the number of courses they teach. While the proposal would reduce the amount paid per course as a result of eliminating the requirement for research and service, the rate would continue to be well above the average amount paid by other colleges and universities in the region and nation.

Temporary faculty who teach at least four courses per semester also would continue to be eligible to receive the same package of healthcare coverage as regular, full-time faculty—a benefit rarely provided to temporary faculty at other colleges and universities nationally.

September 16, 2016

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today in Harrisburg. The two sides will return to the bargaining table Sunday, Sept. 18,- and will remain in negotiations through Wednesday, Sept. 21.
 

August 31, 2016 

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The two sides discussed retrenchment; no agreements were reached. The State System also presented new proposals related to Article 12 (Performance Review and Evaluation) and Article 15 (Tenure).
 
The next bargaining session is scheduled for Sept. 8, at which the sides are expected to discuss healthcare. Additional sessions are scheduled for Sept. 16 and 21.
 

August 26, 2016 

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) concluded two days of bargaining without reaching agreement.
 
The State System on Thursday presented details of a compensation package that included a cash payment to all full-time permanent and temporary faculty this year and raises each of the next two years. Eligible faculty also would receive a step increase of 2.5 percent or 5 percent in January 2019. The cash payments and raises all would be contingent upon APSCUF agreeing to changes in its healthcare plan and new provisions in the contract that would redefine the workload for temporary faculty, both of which would help produce necessary cost savings for the State System.
 
Other issues discussed during the two-day session included retrenchment, office hours, and workload equivalents.
 
The two sides will meet again on Aug. 31.  Several additional sessions also are scheduled in September.
 
A session to be held on Sept. 8 will be devoted exclusively to healthcare. The State System has asked APSCUF to agree to changes in the System-administered healthcare plan identical to those that have been in effect for all other employees covered by the plan since January. With the changes, those employees have been paying about $7 to $14 more every two-week pay period toward the cost of their health insurance premium—depending on their level of coverage. Other plan adjustments made at the beginning of this year include new deductible and co-insurance requirements for some medical services and higher prescription drug co-payments.
 
Under the System’s proposal involving temporary faculty, full-time faculty would be required to teach one additional course each semester in exchange for being relieved of their responsibilities for conducting research and performing university service. Part-time temporary faculty—most of whom teach only one or two courses a semester—also would no longer be required to conduct research or provide service to the university. They would continue to be paid on a prorated basis for the number of courses they teach, at a rate that would be reduced because of eliminating the requirement for research and service, but still would be well above the average amount per course paid by other colleges and universities in the region and nation.

August 10, 2016 

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for two days at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 17th and 18th sessions held since this round of negotiations began.
 
The two sides exchanged a variety of proposals and reached tentative agreement on a number of items. (Additional information will be posted as it is available.)
 
APSCUF had begun the first of the two days of negotiations by again complaining about the State System’s practice of posting the various proposals made by each side at the conclusion of each bargaining session. At the previous session held on Aug. 2, APSCUF refused to submit any proposals in writing or to sign off on any tentative agreements unless the State System agreed not to publish its own or the union's proposals
 
These negotiations are the most impactful to the State System. Without minimizing the rest of the employee complement, APSCUF represents the System’s largest and most visible bargaining unit. Students and their families have by far the greatest interest in the progress/outcome of these negotiations, especially in how they could affect students and the school year.
 
The posting of summaries, updates, and proposals is not new. In fact, both sides have utilized this practice to one extent or another dating back to 1999. Links to two examples follow:
 
APSCUF: This example taken from the APSCUF website maintained by the union’s IUP chapter on Oct. 5, 1999, includes both summaries as well as side-by-side comparisons of various proposals that had been submitted by both APSCUF and the State System.
 
State System: This example taken from the State System’s website on Nov. 20, 2003, included direct links to the various proposals that had been submitted at that time.
 
The two sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table August 25 and 26. Additional sessions are planned for August 31 and September 16 and 21.  Fall classes are scheduled to begin August 29.
 

August 2, 2016 

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 16th time.
 
The two sides continued their discussion of distance education and also discussed a variety of other issues, including those related to faculty workload, office hours, and the use of the System's email system by APSCUF. System negotiators clarified existing practice prohibiting undergraduate students from performing bargaining unit work.
 
Some agreements were reached, but progress was hindered by APSCUF's refusal to submit any proposals in writing or to sign off on any tentative agreements unless the State System agreed not to publish its own or the union's proposals. It has been standard practice dating to 1999 for the System to post proposals during negotiations with the faculty union.
 
The State System presented several new proposals and made a number of counterproposals to oral presentations made by APSCUF. To view the System's new proposals and counterproposals, please use these links:  Distance Education. Email. Fair Practices. Office Hours. Undergraduate.
 
The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for August 9 and 10. Additional negotiating sessions are scheduled for August 25, 26, and 31, and September 16 and 21. 

 

July 19, 2016 

 

The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 15th time. Progress was made on several areas of mutual concern. It is hoped the two sides will be able to reach resolution on these issues at the next bargaining session scheduled for August 2. The teams had a lengthy discussion on distance education and how to modernize the contract language to better refelct the current teaching and learning environment.
 
The bargaining teams also discussed information requests from APSCUF related to healthcare and other operational issues. To view the State System’s responses to a series of questions submitted by APSCUF prior to today’s session, please click here.
 
The State System also submitted a revised proposal related to promotions (Article 16). To view the revised proposal, please click here.
 
At this time, additional bargaining sessions also are scheduled for August 9 and 10, 25 and 26, and 31, and September 16 and 21.

June 24, 2016

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 14th time, with the State System completing a review of its latest comprehensive proposal for a long-term agreement. The sides had exchanged proposals two weeks ago.
 
The State System's proposal seeks to modernize a number of areas of the long-serving collective bargaining agreement with APSCUF to better reflect the demand of higher education today, addressing areas including temporary faculty, paid sabbatical leave, and online learning, among others. It also seeks to update the faculty healthcare plan to mirror the plan used by other System employees. The changes were implemented January 1 for administrators and managers, university health center nurses, and campus police and security officers.
 
The System's proposal does not include any salary provisions, which are typically addressed later in the negotiations process.
 
To view the State System's entire proposal, please click here.
 
To view the entire proposal presented by APSCUF, please click here.
 
The next negotiations session is scheduled for July 19th, at which the two sides are expected to discuss healthcare and distance learning. At this time, six additional bargaining sessions are scheduled for August and two in September.
 

June 10, 2016


​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 13th time, with each side detailing its latest proposal for a long-term agreement. The sides had exchanged proposals a day earlier.
 
The State System's proposal seeks to modernize a number of areas of the long-serving collective bargaining agreement with APSCUF to better reflect the demands of higher education today, addressing areas including temporary faculty, paid sabbatical leave, and online learning, among others. It also seeks to update the faculty healthcare plan to mirror the plan used by other System employees. The changes were implemented January 1 for administrators and managers, university health center nurses and campus police and security officers.
 
The System's proposal does not include any salary provisions, which are typically addressed later in the negotiations process.
 
The proposal was developed as the result of consultation among the Board of Governors; university leadership, including the councils of trustees; and the Office of the Chancellor. The changes included in the proposal are intended to enable the universities to better serve the changing needs of students while responding to their own fiscal challenges.
 
The State System and APSCUF have been negotiating for more than 18 months. Previously, the sides were unsuccessful in their efforts to agree to a one-year extension of the most recent contract, which expired June 30, 2015. Efforts are now focused on a long-term agreement.
 
To view the State System's entire proposal, please click here. To view a news release on negotiations, please click here.
 
To view the entire proposal presented by APSCUF, please click here.
 
The next negotiations session is scheduled for June 24.

April 28, 2016


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 12th time. While continuing their efforts aimed toward achieving a long-term settlement, State System negotiators submitted a revised proposal for an interim agreement that would run through June 30. APSCUF also submitted a revised proposal for an interim agreement.

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 12th time. While continuing their efforts aimed toward achieving a long-term settlement, State System negotiators submitted a revised proposal for an interim agreement that would run through June 30. APSCUF also submitted a revised proposal for an interim agreement.
 
Each side rejected the other's revised proposal.
 
The State System submitted an initial proposal for an interim agreement in November. That proposal included salary increases and one-time cash payments for eligible faculty as well as healthcare plan design changes and modest increases in how much employees covered by the State System-sponsored healthcare plan contribute toward the cost of coverage.  The changes to the healthcare plan would be identical to those already applied to all other State System employees who participate in the State System-sponsored plan. Those other State System employees include nurses, campus police and security officers, and nonrepresented employees.
 
The changes to the State System's healthcare plan are necessary to help control rising costs to the System and are required to help offset the cost of the proposed salary increases.
 
The State System's revised proposal, with the combination of salary increases and healthcare plan changes, would have resulted in an estimated net increase in cost to the System of $3.1 million through June 30, 2017. APSCUF's revised proposal, which included only the salary increases but no changes to the healthcare plan, would have resulted in an estimated net increase in cost of $13.5 million for the same time period.
 
In addition to offering the revised proposal for an interim agreement, State System negotiators proposed the two sides exchange comprehensive proposals for a long-term agreement prior to the next bargaining session, which is scheduled for June 10.
 
To view the revised interim proposal presented today by the State System, please click here.   
 
To view the revised interim proposal presented today by APSCUF, please click here
 
 

January 8, 2016


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 11th time. The two sides discussed past proposals, specifically those related to retrenchment. No agreements were reached.
 
The next session is scheduled for February 12th.
 

November 20, 2015


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the 10th time.
 
APSCUF rejected in writing the counter-proposal for a one-year interim agreement that the State System submitted two weeks ago. The counter-proposal included a salary increase or one-time cash payment for faculty as well as provisions to allow for changes to the State System-administered health care plan identical to those that will be applied to university health center nurses and campus police officers and security guards (the changes, which will be effective January 1, also will apply to the State System’s nonrepresented employees, including managers and administrators).
 
The salary increases and cash payments to faculty included in the counter proposal rejected by APSCUF would cost the State System approximately $8.5 million. The savings resulting from the changes to the health care plan would offset the cost of the salary increases and the one-time cash payments.
 
APSCUF also submitted a new proposal for a one-year interim agreement, which does not include any changes to the health care plan or the subsequent necessary cost savings. To view the union’s new proposal, please click here. (NOTE: The language included in the “response to the State System’s November 6, 2015 proposal” included at the beginning of the document reflects the union’s interpretation, not the State System’s actual proposal. To view the actual counter-proposal, please click here.)
 
APSCUF also submitted a new proposal related to retrenchment, which may be viewed here. The document also includes responses to what are described as “verbal proposals made by the State System” at the bargaining session held on September 21, 2015. None of the items listed was submitted as a proposal, but were shared orally. Issues related to each were raised as part of a discussion on retrenchment, with the intent being that if the State System could gain some flexibility with the assignment of faculty, retrenchment announcements possibly could be avoided in the future. As such, none of the items listed was subject to being either accepted or rejected; they were intended only as discussion points.
 
Finally, APSCUF submitted a proposal related to inter-university transfers. To view that proposal, please click here.

 

November 6, 2015


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met today for the ninth time.
 
The State System's bargaining team presented a counter proposal to APSCUF for a one-year agreement that would provide individual faculty with a salary increase of 2.5 or 5 percent or a one-time cash payment equivalent to 2.5 percent of their salary, based on their placement on the salary schedule. The proposal also seeks agreement by the union to changes to the System's health care plan that would produce significant cost savings to the System while maintaining a comprehensive package of benefits. APSCUF earlier had submitted a proposal for a one-year agreement that included the raises, but no provisions for health care cost savings.
 
The changes to the health care plan sought by the State System would be identical to those announced previously for managers and administrators, university health center nurses, and campus police officers and security guards, who also are covered by the plan. The proposed revisions would save the State System approximately $12 million a year if also agreed to by APSCUF, helping to keep the universities affordable to students and their families. If APSCUF agrees to the changes, all employees covered by the State System-administered health care plan would share the same benefits package and the same cost structure.
 
To view the State System's counter proposal, please click here. Go to the October 14, 2015 update to view APSCUF's initial proposal.
 
To view a news release on the State System's counter proposal, please click here.
 

October 14, 2015


 

​The State System today received a proposal from APSCUF for a one-year collective bargaining agreement. To view the proposal, please click here.

September 21, 2015


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for the eighth time today.
 
The State System's bargaining team discussed concepts related to retrenchment.
 
The next session is scheduled for October 12. Two additional sessions are scheduled in November.

 

August 26, 2015


 

​The bargaining teams from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for the seventh time today, with discussions focusing on retrenchment, budgeting and accounting.
 
The discussion on retrenchment did not result in an agreement on the issue. That discussion will continue at the next bargaining session scheduled for September 21st. State System representatives also responded to a series of questions posed by APSCUF related to budgeting and accounting.
 
Four additional session dates were scheduled: September 21, October 12, and November 20 and 23.
 
 

July 1, 2015


 

​Upon mutual agreement, the bargaining session between Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2015,​ has been canceled. Negotiations are expected to resume upon the parties identifying new dates.

 

June 19, 2015​


 

The latest round of negotiations between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) focused primarily on issues related to individual university budgets; no new issues were addressed.
APSCUF made a presentation in which it discussed the budgeting practices of several of the universities, after which the State System provided the union with information about the budget process and answered a number of questions. The System also offered to provide additional information to APSCUF and to meet with its staff to answer any additional questions they might have. 
Although it did not respond directly to an earlier State System proposal to expand the availability of healthcare coverage to include faculty not currently eligible under the terms of the existing contract, APSCUF did provide a counterproposal​
The State System is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to offer the expanded coverage beginning July 1. The State System could face stiff penalties if it does not comply with the provisions of the federal law. 
Under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the State System and APSCUF, only those permanent and temporary faculty who work at least half time are eligible to participate in the State System sponsored healthcare plan. The State System is seeking an agreement with APSCUF to provide certain additional faculty who meet the criteria of full-time employees under the ACA, but who do not currently meet eligibility requirements under the CBA, the opportunity to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families. 
The change proposed by the State System would make more faculty eligible for the coverage and would have no impact on those faculty who already are eligible for and who are receiving coverage under the System’s healthcare plan. 
APSCUF’s counterproposal would require the State System to pay for the coverage of some temporary faculty members even after their employment contract expired and they were no longer teaching. 
The next bargaining session is scheduled for July 2nd.

 

 

June 12, 2015

 

After rejecting the State System's counterproposal on retrenchment and indicating that APSCUF was not prepared to discuss issues related to the Affordable Care ACT, the union's chief negotiator read a statement that included a series of personal attacks against System officials and claims included in a pending lawsuit, resulting in the session ending early without any progress.

 
The two sides are scheduled to meet again to resume bargaining on June 19th.​

 

May 14, 2015

 
 
Bargaining teams from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (State System) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for the fourth time on May 14th. The state appointed mediator was not present.
 
The parties discussed retrenchment, inter-departmental transfers, inter-university transfers and necessary changes to the State System’s health care plan to comply with the Affordable Care Act​ and to avoid substantial penalties for non-compliance. No agreements were reached.
 
The State System presented a counter proposal to APSCUF’s proposed changes to Article 29 (Retrenchment) as well as proposed changes to Article 7, Section B.6​ (inter-department transfers) and Article 34 (Inter-University Transfers).
 
The next session is scheduled for June 12.

April 7, 2015

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The bargaining session between Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2015, has been canceled. The two sides are now scheduled to meet again on May 14 and 15. 

March 20, 2015​

Bargaining teams from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (State System) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met for the third time on March 20th, with the state-appointed mediator present.
 
The session began with a PowerPoint presentation by the State System, which detailed the State System’s financial challenges, including declining enrollments and revenues and increasing expenditures in areas such as employee and retiree health care and pension contributions.
 
The State System also reviewed its 2015-16 appropriation request to the Commonwealth, which includes a $49.9 million increase in funding to cover the projected cost increases in required pension contributions and healthcare premiums for both current employees and qualified retirees, as well as normal inflation, over which the System has little or no control. The Governor has proposed increasing the State System’s appropriation next year by $45.3 million. The final appropriation figure will be included in the Commonwealth’s 2015-16 general fund budget, which is due by June 30th.
 
APSCUF presented a proposal related to retrenchment—Article 29 of the current collective bargaining agreement between the State System and APSCUF. The State System will respond to APSCUF’s proposal at the next bargaining session, which is scheduled for April 10th.
 
 
 
 
 
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