The faculty at many Pennsylvania state colleges have been without a contract for over a year.
Thousands of faculty members went on strike Wednesday at 14 Pennsylvania state colleges and universities — a rare escalation in higher education, but one that reflects increasingly widespread tensions between administrators and their faculties.
The walkout is the first in the nearly 34-year history of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and is one of a handful of faculty strikes around the country in recent years. Students have been missing class and they are also joining the teachers on strike.
Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania said in a statement that he was “extremely disappointed” at the failure by the two sides to reach an agreement. “The resulting strike is detrimental to the system and will have far-reaching effects for years to come,” he said. It is only the middle of the school semester and these teachers should probably have had a new contract when the semester first started. We could only wonder where is the money going that the students pay. Read More