Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) will resume negotiations Thursday in Harrisburg.
“APSCUF has agreed to our request to meet on Sept. 29 and return to negotiations,” said State System spokesman Kenn Marshall. “We are ready to stay at the table until an agreement is reached. This is too important to our students and faculty, and we need to make progress. We look forward to continuing discussions and are hopeful we can move toward an agreement.”
Still on the table is a State System proposal that would provide faculty $159 million in raises over the next three years, provided APSCUF agrees to healthcare plan changes similar to those accepted by other employees across the Commonwealth and other contractual changes that would create important operational flexibilities and produce needed cost savings of about $70 million.
The raises proposed by the State System would range from 7.25 percent to 17.25 percent over the life of the new contract. In addition to the annual raises, faculty at the top of the salary schedule also would receive cash payments equivalent to 2.5 percent of their salary in both the second and third years of the proposed agreement. Last year, total faculty earnings—not including benefits—averaged nearly $100,000 across all four faculty ranks. The average ranged from $63,304 for instructors to $126,209 for full professors.
The proposed healthcare plan changes are identical to those that were implemented in January for all other State System employees covered by the plan, including university health center nurses, campus police and security officers and all nonrepresented employees.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education