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Following strike, State System teachers, coaches OK contracts

The strike by teachers and coaches that paralyzed 14 state-owned universities this fall ended in October, and now the process of ratifying new contracts is nearly complete.

Faculty and coaches in the State System of Higher Education are one step closer to new contracts after union members voted last week to ratify tentative agreements, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said Thursday.

Of APSCUF faculty members who voted, 94 percent favored the deal. Among coaching members who voted, approval was at 100 percent, APSCUF said in a news release.

The documents go next to the State System’s Board of Governors for approval. The State System has not yet announced a meeting date for any action, APSCUF said.

The faculty negotiations team reached a three-year tentative agreement Oct. 21, just two days after the strike began.

Coaches, who bargain separately, reached a tentative agreement Oct. 27.

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