According to a press release, members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) met in State College over the weekend and approved a strike authorization vote.
The APSCUF represents over 6,000 faculty members and coaches at the 14 university in the Pa. state system of higher education, which includes West Chester University.
According to the press release, faculty members have been working without a contract for 15 months, and still hope to avoid a strike.
According to the press release:
Dr. Steve Hicks, president of APSCUF, stated, “Faculty members do not want to strike. We do not make this decision lightly. We want to assure our students and their families that we will continue to do everything we can to settle a fair contract with PASSHE.”
Membership on all 14 campuses will take a vote in November about whether or not to strike. There has never been a strike in the history of the organization.