Faculty union decides against strike this academic year

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2016 10:53 AM
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(State College) -- The union representing professors and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says members have decided against a walkout before the academic year ends in May. 

But the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says delegates at its legislative assembly voted Saturday to take a strike authorization vote either during the summer or at September's meeting if there is no progress in contract negotiations.

Union president Kenneth Mash said members decided that a strike at the very end of the semester ``would unfairly burden students and their families.''

The union says members have been working under an expired contract for almost a year.

A spokesman for the State System of Higher Education says officials have offered the faculty ``virtually the same terms'' that other unions have accepted.

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