HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – With a faculty strike looming at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities, professors and students rallied for support at the Dixon University Center.
Union members called on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to bargain a fair contract and prevent the pending strike. Thursday’s rally came during a meeting of PSSHE’s board of governors.
“We had several faculty members speak at the board meeting and I think they spoke from the heart,” APSCUF president Dr. Kenneth Mash said. “They spoke about their relationships with their students. Several faculty members talked about their lives as students in Pennsylvania, how they came up through the system and ultimately became professors. They couldn’t have done that with the proposals the state system has on the table.”
The union says about 5,500 faculty members and coaches will strike on Oct. 19 if they don’t have a deal. The two sides are reportedly divided on faculty workloads, salary, and health care.
The 14 state-owned universities include Shippensburg, Millersville, Bloomsburg, and Kutztown.