Faculty negotiations continue, with dates scheduled into September
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continued today between the union representing faculties at Pennsylvania’s
state-owned universities and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education at
the State APSCUF office in Harrisburg.
“We are moving ahead on several important topics,” said Dr. Kenneth M. Mash,
president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University
Faculties. The teams did not release specifics about topics covered thus far or
agendas of future sessions.
Interest-based bargaining is slated to continue Aug. 19–20 at the APSCUF office
and Sept. 14–18 at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. The IBB strategy
focuses on collaboration instead of traditional exchange of contract proposals.
“These discussions are underscored by a shared interest in student success, and
with that continued goodwill, we’ll keep making progress," State System
Chancellor Daniel Greenstein said. "I’m optimistic about the future of our
State System, and much of that optimism comes from the collaborative nature of
The contract expired June 30; by law, that collective bargaining agreement
remains in effect until a new one is ratified.
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education comprises 14 public
universities, which combined enroll the largest number of Pennsylvania
residents among all four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.
With nearly 100,000 degree-seeking students and thousands more enrolled in
certificate and other career-development programs, the State System is a vital
contributor to the Pennsylvania economy, generating an estimated $6.7 billion
of economic activity annually. Collectively, the State System universities
offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic
areas. The universities have nearly 800,000 living alumni, the vast majority of
whom reside in Pennsylvania.
The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion,
East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield,
Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of
Pennsylvania. The universities also operate branch campuses in Oil City
(Clarion), Freeport and Punxsutawney (IUP), and Clearfield (Lock Haven), and
offer classes and programs at several regional centers, including the Dixon University
Center in Harrisburg and in Center City in Philadelphia.
APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System