State faculty strike ends after three days

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ERIE, Pa. – A statewide teacher strike at 14-state owned universities ended Friday after three days.

An agreement has been reached between Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and the State System of Higher Education, according to a faculty union announcement on Friday afternoon.

“Our primary goals were to preserve quality education for our students, protect our adjuncts from exploitation, and make sure the varieties of faculty work are respected,” APSCUF president Dr. Kenneth Mash said in a release. “We achieved every single one of those goals, and the faculty were willing to take less than every other bargaining unit in order to preserve those goals.”

A tentative three-year deal concluded a strike that began at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Faculty members will leave the picket lines immediately, according to the release.

APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. 

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