APSCUF coaches agree upon tentative contract with state system

Category:  News
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 5:58 PM

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) coaches recently followed in the faculty union’s footsteps, when they reached a tentative contract with Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) on Oct. 27.

The tentative contract will run the normal four-year contract course, expiring on June 30, 2019. Specifics included in the tentative contract have yet to be released.

“It's been a long, and at times, difficult process, but I'm very pleased with the deal we have reached," said APSCUF Coach Executive Leader John Gump in APSCUF’s press release.

Gump continued: "It provides reasonable salary increases for our members while keeping the costs of our healthcare plan affordable. Now, we can get back to doing what we love — coaching our teams and working with our student-athletes.”

State system spokesperson Kenn Marshall also commented on the coaches reaching a tentative agreement.

“The agreement was reached through a series of negotiating sessions that were held over the last, nearly two years, just like the faculty agreement. Collective bargaining can be a long, difficult process, [but] we’re certainly pleased to get to this point and look forward to the final conclusion,” Marshall said.

He continued, “The coaches will have to vote on the agreement first. It will be up to the union to schedule that vote. I would assume it won’t take place for at least several weeks. Once the coaches vote, it would then go to the Board of Governors for final approval.”

Gump shared that APSCUF’s coaches and the state system were able to come to an agreement on a wage package and a payment plan for the health care package PASSHE offered.

"I join my fellow coaches in appreciation for the hard work of our team and for the time they put into this process. I am also grateful to the state system for recognizing the important contributions our coaches make on our campuses," Gump said.

APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash also commented on the coaches reaching a tentative contract.

“The conditions were good in that everybody wanted to get things settled. The coaches' team worked very hard in their own right," Mash said.

He continued, "The most important thing is that faculty and coaches get back to doing what we love to do and put this behind us. Next we need to find ways to improve our negotiations process with the state system so that students don't get caught in the middle."

Like the faculty union’s tentative contract, the coaches’ tentative agreement now moves to be ratified by coaches, and then by the Board of Governors, before it goes into effect. 

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

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