Tentative agreement ends faculty union strike

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Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Tentative agreement ends faculty union strike by Macala Leigey

A tentative agreement with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) ends the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) three day strike. 

Friday afternoon faculty negotiators reached a tentative three-year agreement, which concluded the faculty strike. The tentative contract will end on June, 30 2018.

According to the faculty union’s press release, APSCUF members accepted concessions to salary and benefits in exchange for the elimination of the 249 changes PASSHE proposed back in June.

“Our primary goals were to preserve quality education for our students, protect our adjuncts from exploitation, and make sure the varieties of faculty work are respected,” said APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash.

Mash continued, “We achieved every single one of those goals, and the faculty were willing to take less than every other bargaining unit in order to preserve those goals. We are relieved to have an agreement that preserves quality public higher education in Pennsylvania and allows our members to get back into the classroom where they belong.”

“Today is an opportunity for a fresh start,” said state system Chancellor Frank T. Brogan 

Brogan continued, “Throughout this process, our students have been remarkably patient, and they should be applauded. Now, we look forward to making sure the rest of the year ends strong for them and for our talented faculty.”

Governor Tom Wolf also commented on the conclusion of strike.

"I will continue my fight for greater investment in higher education and affordability for Pennsylvania families," said Governor Tom Wolf.

Wolf continued, "We all agree that the higher education of our students is a top priority and I am thrilled today that students can go back to class and professors can teach them."

Edinboro University’s APSCUF chapter President Dr. Michael Bucell commented on how he was feeling now that the strike is over, and on the new, tentative contract

“I’m just feeling fantastic. So relived this is over; grateful that we were able to conclude these contract negotiations,” said Bucell.

Bucell continued, “The details [of the contract] I’m aware of, it sounds like a decent contract. It’s a shorter contract - three years, we usually go four – [but] we got some decent things in there that I think the faculty can live with.”

Bucell also expressed his gratitude towards the faculty members and students who participated in the strike.

“They’re [Edinboro faculty members] just an amazing group. They were totally committed to the goals for this contract. Quality education - they believe in it. They love the students,” said Bucell.

He continued, “And the students are our here in the rain too. They are just as amazing, even more amazing in our hearts and minds. We never would have expected that kind of support and encouragement. We learned a lot from you guys [students] and we really appreciate it all.”

This story will be updated as we learn more information about the details surrounding the agreement. 

Tags: apscuf, passhe, strike

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