Pa. Higher Ed Faculties Vote on Strike Authorization

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More than 6,000 faculty members and coaches from Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities began voting on Monday on whether to authorize a strike.

The balloting continues through Wednesday at the schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, including Indiana, Slippery Rock, California and Clarion universities in Western Pennsylvania. If the measure passes, it would authorize the negotiating committee of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties to call a strike.

Association spokeswoman Lauren Gutshall said the committee is composed of chapter presidents at the 14 schools; 10 of the 14 must approve a walkout. Gutshall said, however, there are no immediate plans for a walkout.

"While we are taking this step, we're still just trying to negotiate a fair contract," she said.

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