Faculty Union Agrees to Negotiate 1-Year Pay Freeze

March 22, 2011

The union that represents professors in Pennsylvania's 14-campus public college system agreed on Sunday to negotiate a pay freeze for 2012, with its leaders saying they want to "do our part" to help the state deal with its budget gap. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which represents 6,000 faculty members and coaches in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, said its members would agree to a one-year freeze "in the context of similar sacrifice shared by our administrative and management counterparts.” But the union's statement went on to urge legislators to do their part "by meeting the Commonwealth’s obligation to the State System of Higher Education by restoring the critical funds necessary for our students to have the same opportunities their brothers, sisters, and parents had to improve themselves and to secure Pennsylvania’s future.” Governor Tom Corbett has proposed a 50 percent cut in the budgets for the state college system and Pennsylvania State University.

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