October 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Harrisburg, PA – The strike by more than 5,000 professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities ended after three days Oct. 21, when their union reached a tentative agreement with the State System of Higher Education.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties did not release details, but both sides told the Lock Haven Express that the proposed three-year deal would give faculty members raises while increasing what they pay for health care. The union said it had “accepted concessions to salary and benefits,” but that state negotiators had dropped most of the more than 200 concessions they had proposed before the last contract expired in June, such as increasing the workload for adjunct professors. “Our primary goals were to preserve quality education for our students, protect our adjuncts from exploitation, and make sure the varieties of faculty work are respected,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said in a statement. “We achieved every single one of those goals, and the faculty were willing to take less than every other bargaining unit in order to preserve those goals.” The 14-campus system includes state universities at Kutztown, Lock Haven, and Shippensburg, but not Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Lincoln. Pennsylvania Professors’ Strike Ends