State System, APSCUF negotiations head into July as progress continues

Contact: David Pidgeon, dpidgeon@passhe.edu or 717-720-4054

​With their contract expiring June 30, progress continued during five consecutive days of negotiations between faculties at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. By law, the current collective bargaining agreement remains in effect until a new one is ratified.

Interest-based bargaining is slated to continue July 17, 18, 22, and 23 at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Following three days of IBB last week, this week’s marathon took place at the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties office in Harrisburg.

The teams have discussed and made progress on several articles, APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. They did not release specifics about topics covered thus far.

“The collaborative approach we have seen on both sides represents our shared interest in the future success of our System, our universities, and our faculty,” State System Chancellor Dan Greenstein said. “This is as promising as it is productive, and is resulting in thorough and important discussions.”

Mash said he was optimistic about the upcoming sessions.

“We continue to keep the students’ best interests and the future of our universities in mind as we work on a fair contract for the faculty,” Mash said. “We continue to appreciate the presence of the chancellor and Board Chair Cindy Shapira as we engage in constructive conversation.”

The IBB strategy focuses on collaboration instead of traditional exchange of contract proposals.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education oversees 14 four-year public universities educating more than 90,000 students across the Commonwealth. The State System offers more than 2,300 degrees and certificates in more than 530 academic areas. ​