Faculty strike at state universities appears imminent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A faculty strike impacting more than 100,000 students at 14 Pennsylvania state universities appears imminent.

Contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union hit an impasse late Tuesday night when the union says the state handed it its last, best offer and was done negotiating.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties has set a strike for 5 a.m. Wednesday for its more than 5,000 faculty members and coaches if no agreement is reached.

The union says it’s reviewing the proposal and a final decision about a strike will come at 4:59 a.m. Wednesday.

The two sides appear to be unable to reach agreement on proposed raises and health care contributions.

The system has never had a strike in its 34-year history.

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