HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says it won't consider striking until next semester.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced the decision Tuesday in a letter to students.

Union members frustrated with the lack of progress in contract negotiations gave their leadership the authority to call a strike earlier this month.

Bargaining has stalled over issues including pay for part-time instructors, health care benefits and compensation for online education.

Officials at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which includes Kutztown, East Stroudsburg and West Chester universities, have said they remain committed to a fair settlement.

The union letter sent to the system's 120,000 students said there is still "a gulf" between the two sides.