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APSCUF to strike at 14 Pa. universities before October 30th

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 22, 2016 6:07 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The union representing faculty and coaches at 14 state-owned universities says its members will strike by the end of October if a new contract settlement is not reached.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says after a fifth day of marathon bargaining sessions it has proposed raising faculty pay by 12 percent while seeking other contract changes.

The proposal for eight additional bargaining sessions, including this weekend, was rejected by the union.

APSCUF has announced its intention to go on strike no later than October 30th if no deal is reached.

The state system has asked the state's labor board to appoint a fact finder. 

The union has called the move a delaying technique.

The union represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities. Members have been working under contracts that expired June 30, 2015.

Members have been working under contracts that expired June 30, 2015.

The university system has said a strike would halt classes for more than 100,000 students.

The schools would remain open.



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