Faculty, Pa. State Colleges Locked in Contract Dispute

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With fall classes approaching, Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and roughly 6,000 unionized faculty remain locked in what an official says is now the longest unresolved teaching contract dispute in the State System of Higher Education's history.

To date, there has been no call for a strike, nor any sign that the Aug. 27 start of the semester is in jeopardy for the nearly 120,000 students expected on campuses that include California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities in Western Pennsylvania.

Nevertheless, both sides have been without a contract since June 30, 2011, and growing impatience was evident after a union announcement that it was suspending scheduled contract talks this week with management "to allow the parties time to thoughtfully review their positions."

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