Strike deadline nears at 14 Pennsylvania state universities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities and their over 100,000 students are facing the possibility of a crippling faculty walkout.

With a strike deadline nearing, contract talks continued Tuesday between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the union representing over 5,000 faculty and coaches. But no details are being provided because of a news blackout.

A strike is set for 5 a.m. Wednesday if no agreement is reached.

The two sides have been negotiating over raises to be offered over three years, health care contributions and proposed new work rules, including one requiring temporary faculty to teach an additional class each semester.

If there is a walkout, the state says schools will remain open and students should report to classes because it’s not known how many faculty would strike. But the state warns classes may have to be canceled.

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