TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

'Framework' reached for State System faculty accord

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, 8:22 p.m.
 

HARRISBURG — Negotiators for Pennsylvania's state-owned university system and the union representing about 5,500 faculty members say they have reached “framework” for a new contract to resolve a prolonged dispute.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the accord with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was reached early Sunday after two full days of negotiating.

The union says “the general framework largely mirrors” agreements with other statewide unions and offered no details pending a Monday evening vote by its negotiations committee. The system said more information would be released “as the ratification process continues.”

The union earlier sent out an update Saturday night saying progress was being made “but very, very slow progress.”

Members have been working without a contract at the 14 state-owned universities since June 2011, and members had authorized a strike if necessary.

Both sides had agreed on wage increases based on the state-employee contracts, but issues such as health care, class sizes and distance learning have been sticking points.

The union said the system was making unreasonable demands for concessions on health coverage and other issues.

School officials said concessions are necessary to ensure affordable, quality education.

The universities enroll about 115,000 students. They are in Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Police: Man used son as shield to avoid pepper spray
  2. Pa. Supreme Court in ‘sad state’ as scandals tarnish reputation
  3. Scam nets thousands from Mercer County woman, police say
  4. Haverford gets record gift from an alum the college helped save
  5. Pennsylvania woman gets prison for abusing elderly husband
  6. Federal grand jury reviewing Liquor Control Board violations, sources tell Trib
  7. Bill that would end district-level review of homeschooling in Pennsylvania goes to Corbett
  8. Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him
  9. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission urged to strengthen ethics training
  10. State police have seized twice as much heroin this year as in all of 2013
  11. Eric Frein lookalike: I keep getting stopped
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.