Faculty union, state universities board reach agreement on framework for contract
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the union that represents faculty at Millersville, Shippensburg and its 12 other universities announced Sunday that they had the framework for a new contract.
The announcement followed two full days of negotiations.
“The general framework largely mirrors the agreements reached by Governor Corbett and the other statewide unions,” an Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties blog post states. “Because this is a framework, APSCUF will not be releasing a public statement until the Negotiations Committee votes on the proposal Monday evening.”
APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty members who have been working without a contract for about a year and a half. In the fall, APSCUF members authorized their negotiators to call a strike if they deemed it necessary, and on Jan. 24 hundreds of APSCUF members demonstrated outside a PASSHE meeting.
Last week, the steering committee of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education approved a resolution of support for APSCUF and “its possible collective action.”
“We call on the system administration to: Negotiate a contract parallel to the others resolved by the Commonwealth; re-focus its resources on instruction, which has received a declining proportion of institutional expenditures; and fight aggressively for increased public funding, for investment in the state’s future, to which the PASSHE is central, with its historic mission of affordable, quality higher education,” the resolution said.