Faculty Negotiation FAQs

  1. Does the faculty strike authorization vote mean there definitely will be a faculty union strike?
    The strike-authorization vote taken by the faculty union does not automatically mean there will be a strike. The faculty union took similar votes during each of the last three rounds of negotiations; none resulted in a strike
  2. How will people know if a strike is called?
    If a strike by the faculty union appears imminent, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and East Stroudsburg University will be in regular communication with students and university employees.
  3. Will the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, close if a strike is called?
    The universities will remain open, to the extent possible, if a faculty strike is called. By law, individual faculty members have the right to decline to participate in a strike called by the union so individual classes could still be held. Each university has a contingency plan it would implement in the event of a strike. The goal of every contingency plan is to keep the campuses open, to ensure students and employees are safe and to keep students on schedule toward the completion of their degrees.
  4. What should students do if a faculty strike is called?
    If the faculty union calls a strike, students will be expected to report to all of their classes. Individual faculty members may choose to continue teaching. If a strike occurs, updated information on classes should be directed to www.esu.edu/negotiations.
  5. Should students with on-campus work-study jobs continue to report for work?
    Yes. Students with on-campus work-study jobs would need to continue to report to work, as the university would remain open if a strike were called. If a student works for a faculty member who has not reported for work, the student should report to the Dean’s Office.
  6. Will university facilities such as, the library, computer labs, dining services, residence halls, fitness center, registrar’s office, University Safety/University Police, Center for Health and Well Being and other administrative offices be open in the event of a strike?
    Yes. To the extent practical, the university would remain open so all of these facilities and offices would remain open. All employees represented by other unions are required to work in the event of a strike by faculty and/or coaches. Information about extended hours for services and facilities especially important to students, as well as other special events (films, lectures, etc.) for the university community would be posted on the university website as information was received.
  7. Will an internship or a practicum be affected by a strike?
    Because individual faculty may choose to continue teaching during a strike called by the union, this would be determined on a case-by case basis.
  8. Will counseling services be available in the event of a strike?
    The professional psychologists/counselors at ESU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are represented by APSCUF. Every effort will be made to keep the office open. However, in the event faculty in the department elect to participate in a strike, mental health emergencies will be referred to the Pocono Medical Center or to a private practitioner off-campus. University Police will be called to transport students to Pocono Medical Center on a case by case basis
  9. What about extracurricular activities that are sponsored by the university – will they go on as scheduled?
    Yes, to every extent possible. In the case that a program or event is dependent upon a faculty member who would choose to go on strike, and this event were canceled, this information would be posted on the ESU website at www.esu.edu/negotiations. The information will also be shared in listserv messages when possible.
  10. How would the latest information regarding a strike be disseminated?
    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s website at www.passhe.edu would be updated regularly with information regarding the status of negotiations. If a faculty strike occurs, information about operation of the ESU campus would be posted on the ESU website (www.esu.edu/negotiations). Persons also could contact the Office of Media Relations at 724-357-2302.