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Update on Contract Negotiations from President Driscoll and IUP APSCUF President Staszkiewicz

February 13, 2013

Dear Students:

On Saturday, members of the Legislative Assembly of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) endorsed a tentative agreement for a new contract between the faculty union and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The Legislative Assembly also recommended that faculty members across PASSHE’s 14 campuses ratify the tentative agreement. The faculty will vote on ratification within the next several weeks. If ratified, the tentative agreement will go to the PASSHE Board of Governors for approval. We hope that a settlement is well within reach and that there will be no strike this spring semester.

There is one point on which we all agree: Our joint goal is to continue to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable cost to our students, now and well into the future. The negotiation process, by its very nature, reflects different points of view and perspectives. We both believe that the tentative agreement represents a fair and equitable contract based on the hard work of the bargaining teams. It also sets the stage for the IUP faculty and administration to work together on new, creative approaches to teaching and learning, ensuring that IUP students always receive a great education.

We hope that your spring semester will be successful and productive.


Michael Driscoll
President, IUP
  Mark Staszkiewicz
President, IUP APSCUF
Professor, Educational and School Psychology Department