Pa. university coaches vote to authorize strike

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are joining faculty members in authorizing a strike.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said 97 percent of coach members voted this week and 94 percent were in favor of authorization.

APSCUF faculty members voted to authorize a strike last week.

“The message of today’s vote is a simple one: We do not want to strike, but we won’t allow a large part of our membership to be put in financial peril,” Coach Executive Leader John Gump said in a statement announcing the vote. “A more than 200 percent increase in cost to pay for a healthcare plan that delivers less to many of our members and their families is unacceptable, and we stand together to say the State System has to do better.”

Coaches do not plan to set a strike date before their Monday negotiation session, Gump said.

The coaches’ contract expired June 30, 2015.

APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester universities.

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