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PA faculty union, higher ed. system reach "framework" for contract

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 3, 2013 12:38 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Negotiators for Pennsylvania's state university system and the union representing about 5,500 faculty members say they have reached "framework'' for a new contract to resolve a prolonged dispute.

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The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the accord with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was reached early Sunday after two full days of negotiating.

The union says "the general framework largely mirrors'' agreements with other statewide unions, and offered no details pending a Monday evening vote by its negotiations committee. The system said more information would be released "as the ratification process continues.''

Members have been working without a contract at the 14 state-owned universities, including Kutztown, Millersville, and Shippensburg, since June 2011.

School officials called for concessions on health coverage and other issues, but the union called the proposals unreasonable.

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