For another week, not much progress was made between the state and the negotiators of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
However, there was a pretty big change to the strike landscape. Originally, the strike date was set for Oct. 30. Within the past week, the strike date has been moved up to Oct. 19. The state and the negotiators of APSCUF have until then to strike a deal.
If no deal is agreed to by Oct. 19, the faculty then would proceed to take a strike for an undetermined period of time.
“The state system has asked for tens of millions in concessions from the faculty than they have from anyone else,” said Kenneth Marsh, President of APSCUF in a press release that was released on Sept. 23.
“Faculty offered a major healthcare concession, but the State system did not change their offer. We sat with them for days, and they gave us a proposal that purposely went backward. They are intent on hurting educational quality, rewarding themselves while simultaneously cutting the salaries of our lowest-paid members by 20 percent, and balancing their books off the backs of their students and our faculty. We will not party to it. Period.”
The state wants to increase the number of temporary faculty members which would then lead to cutting of some of the permanent faculty members. The state also wants students to be taught by new graduate students — new college graduates — instead of faculty with advanced degrees.
More information will be provided in the coming weeks.