APSCUF Keeps its Promise
By: Marina Barnett
October 19, 2016
SHIPPENSBURG– Five o’clock this morning was the deadline that APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) set for a strike if they did not have a fair contract. They carried through with their promise and lined the sidewalks in the dark.
After working nearly a year and a half without a contract, the faculty are fed up. Negotiations have not been successful. Sessions started on Friday and carried through the weekend, leaving many faculty and students anxious for answers. There was a news embargo in place until Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m., when PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) handed APSCUF their final offer and said they are done negotiating.
APSCUF President Ken Mash and other APSCUF members stayed in Harrisburg hoping that negotiations could continue throughout the night, but PASSHE did not respond to their wishes. At 4:59 a.m., APSCUF made the final decision to follow through with the strike.
Faculty members held signs, and chanted, “We want a contract, and we want it now!” all day long. Students held a rally this afternoon, calling it a “walk out” to show their support for the professors. Their walk ended by joining the professors at the picket line. Some students even brought cookies, pizza, and hot dogs to professors.
At this time, the State System has not reached out to Dr. Ken Mash to work on negotiations. Professors will not return to the classroom until a contract is in place.