Strike vote underway for faculty at Pennsylvania state-owned universities

After working without a contract since June of 2015, a strike vote is underway for faculty at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities.

Teachers and coaches have been working without a contract but the State System of Higher Education wants concessions.

Wanting adjunct professors to teach more classes, and pay more for health care, and other tweaks to the deal but the president of the state-school faculty union told ABC27 that will reduce the quality of the education students receive.

According to a PASSHE spokesman, attendance is down at most of the universities and the system’s financial situation is bleak.

The voting will continue through Friday.

While a teacher’s strike has never happened in the state system, the possibility of a faculty walkout is not new. In fact, he says, it’s happened three times since 1999.

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