Governor Wolf releases statement on strike at state-owned universities

Gov. Wolf

Harrisburg, Pa. (WHTM) – Wednesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf released a statement on the state system strike.

“I am extremely disappointed in the failure of PASSHE and APSCUF to reach an agreement on a contract. The resulting strike is detrimental to the system and will have far-reaching effects for years to come.

 

“In just under two years I have increased funding to the state system by more than $30 million, a 7.5 percent increase over 2014-15, in order to begin restoring the harmful cuts made under the previous administration.

 

“The shortsightedness on both sides is counter to my efforts on behalf of the system and hurts the dedicated professors and university staff, and students and their families who are paying tuition to these universities.

 

“Everyone’s top priority should be the students and their families who are counting on an agreement to ensure Pennsylvania continues to deliver on its promise to provide a world-class college education. I urge both sides to return to the table immediately and continue negotiations until an agreement is reached.” 

Faculty members went on strike at 5 o’clock Wednesday morning after negotiations with the State System of Higher Education failed .

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