For the last two years the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have been trying to reach an agreement on a new contract.

The union has been working without a deal since June of 2015 and now more than 90 percent of its members have voted to strike.

"Right now we are galaxies apart still and nobody can remember being this far into the negotiation process and us being this far apart," said APSCUF president, Ken Mash.

The state says there is a money issue in Harrisburg. Also, rising pension costs, and increases in health care are two of the main concerns.

One solution for the state is to increase premiums by $7 to $14, and require higher deductibles. Much like the contracts they've negotiated with other unions.

"It's changes that we've made elsewhere,” said Kenn Marshall, spokesman for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. “They're changes that I think are probably typical if you look across the country."

Union leaders feel too much time has been spent negotiating about healthcare and not enough about the increasing work load of adjunct teachers.

But the real question parents and students want to know is when does talking become action.

When do lectures, become protests?

"We're not going to say it because our goal is not to go on strike,” said Mash. “Our goal is to get a new contract, a fair contract, and a contract that preserves quality for our students and for our universities."

A negotiating session is scheduled for Friday.

"The more time we spend at the table hopefully the quicker there will be a resolution," added Marshall.