HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Contract negotiations continue between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and faculty at the 14 state-owned universities.
Monday, an offer was put on the table.
A proposal from PASSHE to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties would raise salaries by a combined $159 million over the life of a proposed contract, which is nearly a 12-percent raise.
“Our faculty provide extraordinary contributions to the success of both our students and our universities, and we recognize that fact,” PASSHE spokesman Kenn Marshall said in a news release. “At the same time, the universities are facing their most serious fiscal challenges ever. That also is a fact. We must balance both of these factors in order to achieve a settlement that is fair to everyone, especially to our students.”
In addition to salaries, health insurance and workloads remain dividing factors in the ongoing dispute.
During Wednesday’s bargaining session, PASSHE proposed eight additional sessions, including meeting through the weekend. APSCUF declined and will not meet again until next month, announcing it intends to strike no later than Oct. 30 if a new contract is not reached.
The roughly 5,500 faculty and coaches at universities across the state have been working under contracts that expired at the end of June last year.