State universities’ faculty union to take preliminary strike authorization vote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A negotiator for a union representing faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities says members will take a preliminary strike authorization vote after little progress was made during contract talks.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says the Aug. 25 conference call with faculty delegates from each of the campuses will decide whether to call for a strike authorization vote.

Jamie Martin, chair of the negotiating team, says this week’s talks produced several minor agreements but negotiators haven’t discussed anything related to economics.

A Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education spokesman says its officials are negotiating in good faith.

Faculty members have been working without a contract since June of last year.

The sides are slated to resume negotiations on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26.

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