Pa. State System Of Higher Education Is Now Down To One Union Without A Contract

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A union that represents 600 student support employees who work at the 14 state universities has reached a tentative agreement with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The terms of the tentative agreement that runs through June 30, 2015, were not disclosed. A system news release said the agreement was reached on Tuesday. Both sides described it as fair and union officials said they would recommend its ratification to the State College and University Professional Association members.

The union, which represents admissions, financial aid, residence life and other student support services officers on the campuses that serve nearly 115,000 students, had been working without a contract since June 30, 2011.

System spokesman Kenn Marshall said, "We've now been able to achieve a tentative agreement with six of our seven unions and we're hopeful we can conclude the process by reaching an agreement with the (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) for both faculty and coaches."

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