State-owned universities are moving quickly to reduce costs in the face of deep budget cuts proposed by Gov. Corbett.
Today the union representing faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities today said it has "agreed in principle" to negotiate a wage freeze, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) said its action to seek to a one-year wage freeze for 6,000 members came in response to a request by Gov. Corbett in his Mar. 8 budget address to all school unions to implement a wage freeze to help combat the state's $4 billion deficit. Last week the Pennsylvania State Education Association did the same urging union locals representing k-12 teachers to accept a pay freeze next year.
In his budget address, Corbett proposed cutting in half state appropriations to state-supported universities, prompting any outcry by college officials who say they will be forced to increase tuitiion and cut programs.