Spokesman Kenn Marshall said the state system was disappointed the union chose to strike because officials felt they had made significant progress overnight toward a settlement.
APSCUF also represents faculty at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, faculty prepared to strike and picket when a live stream video from APSCUF president Kenneth Mash stated that negotiations held from October 14-18 fell through.
5,500 striking faculty at Pennsylvania's state-owned universities and colleges agreed late Friday to a new contract, ending a three day walkout.
Union President Ken Mash stood outside the system chancellor's office building Thursday afternoon in Harrisburg to push for a resumption of contract talks.
The press release stated that the new contract would run through June 30, 2018. Faculty at Pennsylvania state universities continue their strike that started Wednesday morning, disrupting classes midsemester after contract negotiations hit an impasse. I think it's a win for the faculty union, as well.
The agreement includes pay increases and allows the state to reduce health care costs.
Pennsylvania's state university system is not in formal contract talks with its union but says it's still looking for "a path forward" while professors continue strikes for the second day at 14 state universities.
"We are thankful to Gov. Tom Wolf for his commitment to reaching an agreement". If ratified, the tentative agreement then would be brought to the State System's Board of Governors for final approval.
Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties went on strike Wednesday after contract negotiations with the state stalled.
APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches.
For the sake of students, APSCUF has agreed to a salary package that was significant lower than that of the other unions.
Those students were left in a lurch Thursday as they were told to stay in school but often found themselves without professors.
"For the students and thanks to the students, we did it!" said Ruchti. Faculty had been working without a contract for over a year. It is an absolute last resort for professionals who would want nothing more than to teach students and be respected, supported and compensated for the work they do.
Details about the agreement have not been released at this time. But State System spokesman Kenn Marshall said today's understanding between the parties nevertheless clears the way for resumption of classes Monday and even Saturday if any weekend courses are scheduled on the 14 campuses. He was especially vexed because he has pumped $30 million more into the state system in an effort to make up for the 18 percent cut and flat funding it endured during the Great Recession.
"I don't see the value of partying."Some students used the extra time to get caught up.Senior Melissa George, 23, said that she was not anxious that the strike would prevent her from graduating on time."I know the professors have our best interest at heart", she said".