APSCUF members answer student concerns over possibility of strike

Published by adviser, Author: Daniel DiFabio - News Editor , Date: September 8, 2016
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Local SRU members of APSCUF were on campus Wednesday to give information to students regarding the contract dispute between the group and PASSHE.

Members were on campus for informational picketing from 9a.m. to 3p.m. and were stationed outside North Hall and in the pavilion in the quad.

Colleen Cooke, vice president of the SRU chapter of APSCUF and recreational therapy professor, said members were there to try to give information to students. Information was also given to faculty who may not have paid close attention to the discussion or who were newer.

Cooke said it was set up through the local APSCUF, with faculty signing up from a poll for time slots to be on campus distributing information.

A small form was given to students to write a message and then give it to APSCUF members to deliver to PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan. The form encouraged students to tell PASSHE officials to go to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract with faculty. Students were also given the chancellor’s email address.

“This is one of the biggest ways for students to get involved,” Cooke said.

Cooke said a lot of the negotiation dealt with the quality and value of an SRU degree, something that directly impacts students.

“Any time a student has a question or wants to talk ,they can stop in my office or talk to any APSCUF member, especially those on the executive committee,” Cooke said.

Cooke had also scheduled a meeting with SGA to set up a forum or informational tables so that students can have further questions answered in the future.

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