State system says its committed to reach union deal at table


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state higher education system says it rejected a union proposal to have a third party outline mandatory contract terms because the system’s negotiators remain dedicated to reaching a deal at the table.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties are divided on a number of key proposals, including faculty workloads, salary and health care.

The union says about 5,500 faculty and coaches at 14 state universities in Pennsylvania will strike on Oct. 19 if they don’t reach a deal.

The union represents faculty and coaches at universities including Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown and Shippensburg, among others.

The system on Monday announced a tentative three-year deal reached with the union that represents about 700 student services workers.

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