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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 11:45

Contract update: Coaches negotiations

Coaches negotiations

Negotiators for APSCUF coaches and the State System met June 27. Click here to read today's press release.

The next coach session is slated for June 30.

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June 24 contract update

Negotiators for APSCUF and the State System met June 24. Click here to read Friday's press release.

The next faculty negotiations session is scheduled for July 19. The next coach session is slated for June 27.

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Contract now

Negotiators for APSCUF and the State System met June 10. Click here to read Friday's press release.

The next faculty negotiations session is scheduled for June 24. The next coach session is slated for June 27.

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Click here to read APSCUF's press release about today's contract negotiations.

APSCUF issued the following release today:

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties' negotiation committee today voted to move a strike-authorization vote to the floor of Saturday morning's legislative assembly session. APSCUF delegates, who are meeting now in State College, will consider whether to authorize a strike before the end of the semester.

The action follows negative comments about APSCUF during last month's House and Senate budget-appropriations hearings, as well as a lack of progress during contract negotiations.

APSCUF members have been working under an expired contract for almost a year. The most recent negotiations session was Jan. 8, and the next negotiations session is slated for April 28. Neither the faculty nor the coaches at the State System universities have ever been on strike.

APSCUF issued the following response today after negotiations with the State System:

The State System today rejected the one-year compromise the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties proposed in mid-October.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education countered with a proposal that would cost faculty members thousands of dollars more for healthcare.

APSCUF, which represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities, could not agree to such major changes, President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said.

Neither the contract deal Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf reached with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees nor the contract the State System reached with the State College and University Professional Association contained changes to healthcare costs. Earlier this week, the State System unilaterally increased healthcare costs and changed benefits for its managers.

“It is simply unacceptable for the State System to treat its faculty differently than other state employees,” Mash said. “We believe they wanted to sabotage our concessionary one-year offer with incendiary changes to our healthcare.

“We are a democratic organization, and we will go back to our members to see how they want us to proceed. It’s nothing short of absurd that amid an atmosphere of uncertainty, the System would act so provocatively toward its faculty.”

Without a contract, it becomes more difficult for faculty and coaches to provide a quality education for the more than 100,000 students enrolled in the commonwealth’s 14 publicly owned universities, Mash said.

The deal APSCUF offered in October was in line with the one negotiated between the governor and AFSCME. The System had reached similar agreements with its other unions. The offer included a one-year interim contract and a step increase effective in January. It also called for a continuation of monies for faculty research and for monthly reporting of membership data.

The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:34

APSCUF OFFERS CONTRACT COMPROMISE

As the budget impasse moves past the 100-day mark and several universities are poised to raise tuition substantially, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), which represents almost 6,000 faculty and coaches at the State System universities, offered a contract compromise to ensure stability for students and their families. 

APSCUF has informed Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education that the faculty will accept an agreement in line with that the one negotiated between the governor and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The State System has already reached similar agreements with its other unions. The details of the offer include a one-year interim contract and a step increase effective in January. APSCUF has also asked that the System provide updated financial information in a timely fashion. 

The contract compromise will help students deal with the uncertainty of tuition and the lack of state support. Last week the State System voted to significantly increase tuition at several universities.

“While this compromise does not begin to address our faculty members’ concerns, we believe it is most important to restore some stability for our universities while the General Assembly negotiates a budget,” APSCUF President Ken Mash said. “We all owe it to our students and their families to remove any concern about their faculty remaining in the classroom this academic year.”

APSCUF anticipates a quick and favorable response from the State System board.  In addition to the step increase, this offer calls on the System to continue to provide money for faculty research. 

The next round of negotiations between APSCUF and PASSHE is scheduled for Friday, November 6, following the System’s cancellation of a session on October 12.  APSCUF hopes to immediately begin negotiations on a new contract for the following year.

The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.  

The details of the proposal can be found here.

 

As the budget impasse moves past the 100-day mark and several universities are poised to raise tuition substantially, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), which represents almost 6,000 faculty and coaches at the State System universities, offered a contract compromise to ensure stability for students and their families.

APSCUF has informed Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education that the faculty will accept an agreement in line with that the one negotiated between the governor and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The State System has already reached similar agreements with its other unions. The details of the offer include a one-year interim contract and a step increase effective in January. APSCUF has also asked that the System provide updated financial information in a timely fashion.

The contract compromise will help students deal with the uncertainty of tuition and the lack of state support. Last week the State System voted to significantly increase tuition at several universities.

“While this compromise does not begin to address our faculty members’ concerns, we believe it is most important to restore some stability for our universities while the General Assembly negotiates a budget,” APSCUF President Ken Mash said. “We all owe it to our students and their families to remove any concern about their faculty remaining in the classroom this academic year.”

APSCUF anticipates a quick and favorable response from the State System board.  In addition to the step increase, this offer calls on the System to continue to provide money for faculty research.

The next round of negotiations between APSCUF and PASSHE is scheduled for Friday, November 6, following the System’s cancellation of a session on October 12.  APSCUF hopes to immediately begin negotiations on a new contract for the following year.

The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. 

The details of the proposal can be found here.

Monday, 12 October 2015 09:03

APSCUF negotiations statement -- 10/12/2015

The negotiations session scheduled for today, Monday October 12, has been cancelled by the State System. The APSCUF negotiations team is meeting internally today at the APSCUF office in Harrisburg.

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for Friday, November 6.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:13

APSCUF negotiations Statement -- 9/22/2015

Negotiators for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) and the State System of Higher Education met yesterday, Monday, September 22, 2015, at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. The two sides continued to discuss the retrenchment article and began conversations about criminal background checks as they were required to by the Commonwealth Court order. Negotiations are scheduled to continue October 12, 2015 at the APSCUF office in Harrisburg.

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