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Pennsylvania State Colleges Faculties Vote on Whether to Strike

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    Pa. Colleges Faculties Vote on Strike

    Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities are scheduled to vote on whether to authorize a strike.

    The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced last month faculty will vote on the campuses from Sept. 7-9 and members of the coaches belonging to the union will vote a week later.

    Union president Kenneth Mash says its members don't feel the state system has negotiated fairly.

    The State System of Higher Education says it wants to reach a fair contract but noted the system's financial strains.

    Classes for 105,000 students in the state system started on time.

    Faculty members have been working without a contract since June of last year.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016)

    Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities -- including Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Kutztown, Millersville, Shippensburg and West Chester -- are voting on whether to authorize a strike.

    The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced the vote last month.

    The faculty vote began Wednesday and is scheduled to end on Friday. Coaches belonging to the union are expected to vote next week.

    Faculty members have been working without a contract since June of last year.

    A spokesman for the State System of Higher Education says attendance is down at most universities and that the system faces financial strains.

    Negotiations are focused around health care, course load and class size.

    The union says it has never had to go on strike, but has come close in recent years.