Students weigh in on potential strike at state universities


MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – As of Friday, there was still no strike date set for faculty members at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities.

A strike could stop classes for more than 100,000 students at 14 state universities like Shippensburg and Millersville.

Billy Franks, a senior at Millersville University, is less than thrilled knowing classes could come to a screeching halt.

“I mean, either way I’ll be behind from it,” Franks said.

Faculty and coach members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties members have authorized a strike. They’ve been working more than 450 days without a contract.

On Friday, after an unsuccessful day of negotiations, APSCUF members said in a statement they will negotiate as many times as they have to in order to get a new deal.

Brittany Wier, a Millersville junior, said one of her professors only posted the first two weeks weeks on a syllabus.

“She’s like just in case we go on a strike, this is all I have for you right now,” Wier said.

APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth Mash said each university will have their own contingency plan if there’s a strike.

Britny Main, a Millersville junior, said she feels it would hectic if a strike actually happens.

“I feel like it would be really confusing for the students in the classes,” she said.

Mash said additional bargaining talks are scheduled for Sunday.

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