I have a rule when I hear Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) administrators explain the “budget crisis” in the system or at any one of the 14 state-owned universities: the first two reasons they give are generally throw-aways, but pay attention to the next reasons they give, because that’s how they are assigning [...]
Last night, Beth MacDaniel, Chair of the English department and President of the local chapter of APSCUF at Clarion University talked to Rick Smith about plans to cut over 40 jobs and eliminate programs and Clarion University.
In the wake of the devastating cuts proposed by the Clarion University administration and President Karen Whitney, it took a few days for faculty, staff, and students to shake off the initial shock and disbelief. Shock and disbelief has given way to a mobilization effort to save the three programs slated for immediate cuts and [...]
Harrisburg – Monday evening the negotiations committee of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) unanimously approved a tentative contract agreement with the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). APSCUF delegates will vote on the tentative agreement at a Legislative Assembly scheduled for later this week. If approved, the agreement will go to [...]
Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a Raging Chicken Press mini-series on the Temple injunction of 1990 and the current APSCUF contract negotiations. To see an overview of what this series is about, check out Kevin Mahoney’s introduction to the series here. Following the approval of a strike authorization vote by APSCUF members [...]
Tomorrow, BLACK FRIDAY, Walmart workers from around the country are going on strike for respect, a living wage, and a new model for the American economy – one in which we look out for one another. Enough with the race to the bottom! Stand up, live better! Raging Chicken Press will be at a few [...]
It’s about 3:30 am and I am up preparing for today’s PASSHE Board of Governors meeting in Harrisburg. I am printing out the last faculty letters to the Chancellor that I received late last night, reviewing my notes for my 90 seconds before the Board of Governors, rechecking Google map directions to ensure I can [...]
Editor’s Note: This article inaugurates a new Raging Chicken Press series by the same name: Smashing Apples. This series will focus on the ongoing attacks against public education from kindergarten through higher education both in the Pennsylvania region and across the country. Two weeks ago, the Chicago Teachers Union ended its one-week strike. Over 26,000 [...]