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Collective Bargaining 2023: University Integration Tops ASCUF Negotiations

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) represents Bloomsburg faculty as well as over 5000 other faculty members and coaches from other public state universities. The state agency in charge of state universities is the Pennsylvania School System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

APSCUF and PASSHE began contract negotiations back in September of last year. The last union contract ended on June 30th. The topics of negotiations have ranged from the integration of the six universities to distance education to assistant department chairs.

There are signs of progress towards another contract. The APSCUF and PASSHE have agreed to continue to operate under the terms of the prior contract until a new contract can be agreed upon. The negotiating teams will meet again at the end of July and in August.

“We must ensure that the collective bargaining agreement is fair to faculty, so they can continue providing a high-quality education to our students,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. “This takes time. While these meticulous negotiations move forward, we’ll continue to work under our current contract.”

It is important to note that in the past, APSCUF members worked without a contract for over a year back in 2016, resulting in a breakdown in negotiations. The strike saw classes interrupted for three days, with hundreds of faculty members participating, before a new agreement was reached.