Pennsylvania State System Of Higher Education Universities Will Start Fall Classes Without A Faculty Contract In Place

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Students attending the 14 state universities, including Shippensburg and Millersville, will start fall semester classes on Monday with a faculty that has no labor peace.

The faculty union and managers met on Thursday to continue talks on a successor agreement to one that expired 14 months ago.

A statement from the union reported some progress on the salary front, but the sides remain far apart on distance education, [layoffs], retiree health care, workload for temporary faculty, and health care issues.

“We have talks scheduled for the next three Fridays. That gets us to the end of the third week of the semester and we will all have to take a deep breath then and evaluate the progress made,” said union president Steve Hicks.

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