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East Stroudsburg University faculty move union office off campus in case of strike

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Moving day on a college campus is usually for students but Thursday at East Stroudsburg University, it was for faculty as they prepare for a possible strike next week.

The move was followed by a rally to let students know the faculty cares about quality education.

Even as they were packing up to move the union office off campus, all hope a strike won't be necessary.

Loading up boxes, moving them out, and taking them off the East Stroudsburg University campus.

"Of course we can't cross the picket line in order to get to our own union office," said ESU professor, Leigh Smith.

ESU is one of 14 state run universities, faculty members at the schools have been working without a contract since June 2015.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties has voted to strike on October 19th if a deal is not reached.

"It's sad, it's stressful, it's worrisome," added Smith "But we're all very optimistic."

Once the packing was done, It was time to let the campus know why the strike is necessary.

The big sticking point is quality of education and students are in support of it.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is aware of the move, but hopes the faculty will be able to move back on campus soon.

"Our focus still remains on reaching a settlement," said spokesperson, Kenn Marshall. "A settlement that is fair to everyone especially to our students."

The state tells 69 News it will be business as usual if a strike does take place on October 19th.

Both sides say they will be negotiating for the next three days to see if a deal can be reached.

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