The governing board of the 14 state-owned universities has settled contracts with the union representing faculty and athletic coaches. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors ratified new contracts with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties at a special meeting.
The separate agreements both run through the end of June 2015. They include salary increases, but also make workplace revisions and changes in the health care plan to produce immediate and long term savings for the state system.
Eligible faculty and coaches will be given a one-time opportunity to take part in an early retirement incentive program. They will have until March 29th to decide whether to take the incentive.
The board also approved a merit pool to cover potential increases for PASSHE’s approximately 1,400 non-union employees.
In other action, the board named Geraldine M. Jones interim president of California University of Pennsylvania. Jones has served as the university’s acting president since May 2012.