APSCUF requests binding arbitration

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 12:05 PM
APSCUF requests binding arbitration by Macala Leigey

After nearly 48 hours of negotiating, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) have requested for negotiation teams to undergo binding arbitration.

This is a scenario in which a three-person panel — made up of one representative from APSCUF, one representative from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), and one neutral individual — look to resolve the contract dispute between APSCUF and PASSHE.

The request to undergo binding arbitration stems from a formal announcement PASSHE sent to APSCUF yesterday, stating the system’s desire to undergo fact-finding with a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board arbitrator.

“We believe our strike-authorization vote sparked the marathon contract negotiations that began last week and that continue today and tomorrow [Sept. 21],” said APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash in APSCUF's recent press release. “It’s unfortunate that we needed to take that step to prompt any action; we want to reach a conclusion."

APSCUF and PASSHE continue contract negotiations today, for the third consecutive day, and are scheduled to meet again tomorrow. For more information on the contract negotiations, visit apscuf.org.

Macala Leigey is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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