Negotiations ended Friday with no movement on the key issues between the State System of Higher Education and APSCUF, the faculty union at IUP and the thirteen other state-owned universities.
The session lasted only thirty minutes because – in the union’s words – the State System was “not prepared to respond to APSCUF’S latest health care proposal and it was clear that no progress was going to be made” on the three main sticking points in the negotiations: compensation for temporary faculty, retiree health care, and the State System’s position on compensation for distance education course development. The meeting started with agreement on the final language on retrenchment and preparing the health and welfare fund for changes in federal law.
The two sides are scheduled to meet again this Friday, but the union says that unless the State System team signals that it is ready move from its positions on the key issues, there is no need to meet. ASPCUF also says it made clear that they will move ahead with the strike authorization votes on individual campuses, which are scheduled for November 12th, 13th, and 14th.