Faculty at Pa.'s 14 state-owned universities may strike

Faculty union hasn't had a contract since June 2011.

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Published: Oct 18 2012 09:08:41 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2012 06:15:34 PM EDT

A strike could be looming at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

The union that represents faculty at the schools says delegates from each campus will meet on Saturday for a strike authorization vote.

The move was announced amid stalled contract negotiations. On Monday, state higher education officials declined the union's offer for binding arbitration.

The two sides disagree on pay for temporary faculty, health care and retiree benefits. The union's last contract expired in June 2011.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties represents more than 6,000 faculty and coaches.

The union's general membership also must vote to authorize a strike before one can be called. That vote has not been scheduled.

The universities serve about 120,000 students. There has never been a faculty strike.

The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.