PASSHE, faculty union reach new 4-year agreement

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Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:05 AM

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) have come to an “in principal” agreement with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) on a new faculty contract. According to an APSCUF press release, the agreement was in place following “five consecutive marathon days of interest-based bargaining that began Sept. 14 at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.” It’s a four-year potential agreement.

The most recent APSCUF contract ended on June 30, but legally it would remain in place until “a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.”

If approved, the four-year agreement would take effect immediately upon ratification by both APSCUF and the state system’s board of governors.

“The principle components are fair, they address a number of faculty concerns, and they establish a solid foundation for the future of public higher education in Pennsylvania,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth Mash said in the press release.

Discussing the negotiations, Dan Greenstein, chancellor of the state system, said, “By engaging deeply with each other from the start, the negotiating teams achieved a result that puts students first, honors the important work of our dedicated faculty, and takes another important step toward overcoming our financial challenges.”

He continued in the press release: “Along the way, we built lasting relationships that will serve us well as we collaborate to create a better future for our students, our 14 universities, and our Commonwealth. I want to thank Ken Mash and the faculty he represents for the thought partnership that brought about this milestone.”

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