No talks underway with striking Pa. professors

Pennsylvania’s state university system is not in formal contract talks with its union but officials said Thursday they are still looking for “a path forward” while professors continue strikes for the second day at 14 state universities.

“Even though there are no formal negotiating sessions underway, the State System is working hard to find a path forward,” said system spokesman Kenn Marshall.

Marshall did not provide specifics on any steps the state’s negotiators are taking.

Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties went on strike Wednesday after contract negotiations with the state stalled. The union represents more than 5,000 faculty and coaches.

The campus strikes will continue until a deal is reached, the union said.

Meanwhile, state officials have said they’ve given the union its best offer and misinformation about the proposal has spread.

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