Contract talks resume with faculty at state-owned universities

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 9, 2012 1:41 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Contract negotiations have resumed between Pennsylvania higher education officials and the union representing university faculty.

The talks being held today in Harrisburg come just a few days before faculty at 14 state-owned campuses will begin holding strike authorization votes. Among the colleges are Kutztown, Shippensburg, Bloomsburg and Millersville.

Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have been working without a contract since June 2011.

The union is at odds with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on compensation for adjunct faculty, health care benefits and online education.

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

There has never been a faculty strike.

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