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Later today, hundreds of community members will take to the streets to tell University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) officials that enough is enough. Enough of the poverty wages. Enough of the union-busting. Enough of the predatory insurance practices. Enough of the cut-throat corporate practices under the “non-profit” banner. Workers at UPMC are organizing a [...]

Editor’s Note: This is the latest article by Marlana Eck. Marlana is the founder and editor of the brand-spanking-new publication, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, a progressive visual and literary publication based out of Easton. The Lehigh Valley Vanguard is sponsored by Raging Chicken Press. Thanks to the support of our members and contributors, here is a concrete example of [...]

Last week, Sean Kitchen reported that Senators Tomlinson and Dinniman  hired the same public relations/lobbying firm that is entrenched in the Philadelphia education privatization movement to advocate for their PASSHE secession legislation, SB 1275. Kitchen’s investigation revealed that the social media campaign, “Stronger Pennsylvania Public Universities,” launched to promote Tomlinson and Dinniman’s PASSHE secession legislation was [...]

Editor’s Note: Later today, PA Senators Tomlinson (R) and Dinniman (D) are expected to unveil their proposal to allow PASSHE universities to secede from the state system and become a “state-related” university like Penn State or Temple. Raging Chicken Press was the first to report on Tomlinson and Dinniman’s plans last month. Following our story, [...]

If the fall 2013 semester saw the term “retrenchment” – the elimination of faculty, programs, and jobs – become part of daily conversations on campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities (PASSHE), during the next several months we may witness the birth of the next phase in the slow destruction of public higher education in the Commonwealth. [...]

Kutztown University administrators seem poised to get a jump start on cutting faculty, staff, and programs in the 2014-2015 academic year. This past Friday, department chairs received emails requesting they attend a meeting with the Provost, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and several other high-ranking administrators to review each department’s “majors, enrollment in classes, retention, faculty workload, budgets” [...]

Editor’s note: On November 13, 2013, ESU President Marcia Welsh wrote a Pocono Record Op-Ed responding to growing resistance to her decision to slash faculty and gut academic programs. Welsh claimed that “While the recent decisions made at ESU are unpopular with some, they are necessary.” ESU graduate student, Grace Kavanah, has become one of the most [...]

Thanks to what appears to be poor planning by Kutztown University’s administration, Chancellor Frank Brogan’s visit to Kutztown University today came off more like a canned charm offensive than an honest and critical exchange between Brogan and the Kutztown University community. Kutztown’s administration had been plugging Brogan’s visit to campus since the beginning of the [...]

Editor’s note: For all of our coverage of PASSHE layoffs and cuts click here. Follow #slasshe on Twitter for the latest news and resistance.  From the moment that East Stroudsburg Normal School opened in 1893 it has continued to grow from a small privately owned school into a contemporary university offering both undergraduate and graduate [...]

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