State System faculty leaders support contract
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The leadership assembly of the union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities recommended Friday that a tentative contract with the State System of Higher Education be approved by the union's 5,500 members .
The vote will occur in early March on each of the 14 campuses statewide, including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities in Western Pennsylvania, the union said following Friday's action.
The recommendation from the union's legislative assembly meeting in Gettysburg follows an announcement Monday that bargaining teams for both sides had reached a tentative four-year deal retroactive to July 1 2011.
The State System's board of governors also must vote on the deal.
About 115,000 students attend State System universities.
The pact resembles agreements the Corbett administration already has struck with other statewide unions, both sides have said. It freezes salary the first year, then gives increases in base salary of 1, 1 and 2 percent over the remaining three years, plus other payments based on seniority.
First Published February 9, 2013 12:00 am