(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania higher education leaders are heading back to the negotiating table with the union representing state university faculty.
The two sides are slated to meet today for the first discussions since December 11.
Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have been working without a contract for about 18 months.
The professors and coaches teach at 14 campuses including Shippensburg, Millersville, Kutztown and Bloomsburg.
Bargaining has stalled over issues including pay for part-time instructors, health care benefits and compensation for online education.
The union has authorized its leadership to call a strike.
Officials at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education say they need to control costs during tight economic times.
The system serves about 115,000 students.
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