APSCUF members officially strike

Category:  News
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 5:22 AM
APSCUF members officially strike by Macala Leigey
Photo: Kimberly Firestine

“What do we want, a contract. When do we want it, now,” were the words being chanted outside Reeder Hall at Edinboro University at 5 a.m. Wednesday, as the Association of Pennsylvania State College Union Faculties (APSCUF) members ofccially went on strike.

This is the first strike the state system has experienced in more than 30 years.

“At 11:35 p.m., we made a last attempt to negotiate through back channels,” said APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash.

Mash continued, “We waited until 5 a.m. We are headed to the picket lines, but even on the picket lines, our phones will be on, should the state system decide it doesn’t want to abandon its students. They'll know where to find me at 5:30 a.m. I'll be outside the chancellor's office at the Dixon Center on the picket line."

The strike will continue until APSCUF and the Pennsylvannia State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) reach a contract that the faculty union believes to be not only fair to them, but also "fair to the students."

Edinboronow.com will have updated coverage of the strike throughout the day.

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

Tags: apscuf, passhe, strike

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