Professors walk picket lines for 2nd day

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Sara Wiberg led chants of “students for faculty” outside the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education administration building on Thursday.

Wiberg, a senior at Millersville University, walked with state university faculty as they extended their strike into a second day.

“I really wanted to show my support for the professors,” Wiberg said. “I want to get back into the classroom as soon as possible.”

At one point during the day, state system administrators invited students into the building to give them an update and answer questions about the strike. Some of those questions included fears about the strike dragging on for a prolonged amount of time.

“That would be the worst case scenario; if we could not finish the semester,” PASSHE spokesman Kenn Marshall said. “Certainly, if we couldn’t finish the semester, students would get credit for the work they started and refunds would have to be addressed.”

With no formal negotiations on Thursday, the university system remains committed to what it calls its best offer to faculty and professors, which was offered Tuesday night and included raises over three years.

“Students should be upset they are not in class,” said Dr. Kenneth Mash, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. “We wanted to stay at the bargaining table on Tuesday night. We wanted to keep on negotiating.”

Students are still being told to go to class.

Millersville University posted a list of professors whose classes have been canceled until further notice.

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