State system faculty union schedules strike vote

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 2, 2012 4:25 PM
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(State College) -- A union representing thousands of faculty members and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has scheduled a strike authorization vote.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says it has scheduled the vote for Nov. 12, Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. President Steve Hicks says chapters will determine the exact place and hours of voting locally.

The union says a committee will meet in Harrisburg on Nov. 16 to begin counting ballots and will then announce the results of the vote in the coming days.

There has never been a faculty strike. The move comes amid stalled contract talks.

The union represents more than 6,000 faculty and coaches at the universities, which serve about 120,000 students.

Among the 14 schools are Shippensburg in Cumberland County, Kutztown in Berks County, Bloomsburg in Columbia County and Millersville in Lancaster County.

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