State-owned university faculty union counting contract votes

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 8, 2013 10:41 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Ballots cast by thousands of unionized faculty members on a new contract at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities are being counted in Harrisburg. 

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties began counting votes Friday morning and is expected to announce the results later in the day. 

The 5,500 faculty members in the State System of Higher Education have been working without a contract since June 2011. 

The four-year pact recommended by union leaders includes concessions on health care, but calls for pay raises of one or two percent in each of the last three years. 

About 115,000 students attend the universities in Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester. 

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