Faculty and coaches begin the ratification process for tentative contract

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Faculty and coaches begin the ratification process for tentative contract by Macala Leigey

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) announced that faculty members and coaches state-wide will vote on whether or not to ratify their respected tentative contract agreements in the period from Dec. 5-7.

APSCUF will then tally the ratification votes Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Harrisburg office. If the tentative documents are ratified by APSCUF members, then it will go to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors for final approval.

“If the tentative agreement were rejected, we would return to negotiations,” said state system spokesperson Kenn Marshall.

Marshall continued, “In the past, once a tentative agreement has been reached, ratification by the union and approval by the board has followed. Every time we have reached a tentative agreement, both sides have approved it.”

Once ratified by both APSCUF and PASSHE’s Board of Governors, details regarding the content of the tentative contract will be released to the 14 state universities, as well as to the public.

“The union has been presenting the details of the tentative agreement to its membership; I don’t know what kind of response it has gotten,” Marshall said.

He continued, “Our [PASSHE] Board has not considered it yet, so it would not be appropriate for me to respond from the state system’s perspective right now. We’re pleased to be at this point and will wait for the union’s action.”

After weeks of finalizing language, delegates from the 14 state universities met on Nov. 16 for a legislative assembly conference call. The delegates voted 87 to 7 regarding recommendation for the tentative agreement to move forward to the voting stage.

The faculty negotiations team agreed on the three-year tentative contract Oct. 21, after a three-day, state-wide strike. APSCUF members reportedly accepted concessions in salary and benefits in exchange for eliminating most of the changes the state system proposed back in June. Faculty union members also reportedly agreed to a salary package that, compared to other unions, is lower.

APSCUF coaches, who bargain separately from faculty members, reached their tentative agreement on Oct. 27. The four-year tentative contract reportedly provides salary increases for coaches and a health care plan deemed affordable. 

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

Tags: strike, apscuf, passhe

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