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Next negotiations on December 11


Faculty voting on a strike authorization continues for a second day today on the campuses of the State System of Higher Education universities.  APSCUF, the faculty union at IUP and the thirteen other State System schools, says ten of the fourteen schools must authorize a strike for it to be approved, but the union also says it has no immediate plans for a work stoppage.  The IUP vote is taking place at Wilson Hall.


In a letter written yesterday to the fourteen APSCUF chapters, union president Steve Hicks said that the State System’s new proposal, while taking a 35 percent pay cut for temporary faculty off the table, still creates a two-tier wage system with  temporary faculty on a lower pay scale than tenured or tenure-track faculty, and that is still unacceptable.  Hicks urged union members to approve a strike.


The new proposal includes a bonus for faculty who agree to retire this year, but it would only be effective if APSCUF waives the 25 percent cap on the number of temporary faculty. The next negotiations are scheduled for December 11th, and the union says it will offer a new counterproposal.  Another bargaining session is scheduled December 19th.   


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