The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the union that represents 5500 faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities took to the picket lines this morning, Oct. 19.
APSCUF President Kenneth Mash wrote to reporters, “At 11:35 p.m., we made a last attempt to negotiate through back channels. We waited until 5 a.m. We are headed to the picket lines, but even on the picket lines, our phones will be on, should the State System decide it doesn’t want to abandon its students.”
He added, “They’ll know where to find me at 5:30 a.m. I’ll be outside the chancellor’s office at the Dixon Center on the picket line.”
CFA Vice President Kim Geron wrote to APSCUF: “CFA sends our solidarity and love to you in your struggle for quality public higher education.” Last month, CFA sent a solidarity message calling on management to settle a fair contract.
Until the State System negotiates a contract APSCUF believes is fair to students and to faculty, the union says faculty members will be on strike. The faculty contract expired more than a year ago June 30, 2015, and negotiations have been ongoing since late 2014.
Use hashtag #withAPSCUF to write about the strike