Students React After Faculty At PA State Colleges Go On Strike

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On Wednesday, the union for more than 5,000 faculty and coaches at 14 of Pennsylvania’s state universities officially went on strike.

Negotiations broke down late Tuesday night.

At West Chester University, students are reacting to the dozens of faculty members on the picket line.

Lauren Sander, a senior at West Chester, says this is a big concern.

“I’m concerned if this lasts long into the semester, and I don’t finish my course load, I can’t sit for my certification exam in the spring. If I can’t take that exam then that affects when I can go to graduate school, and that’s upsetting.”

But still, Sander is standing in solidarity with her professors.

“I woke up this morning and came out to see what was going on and I saw two professors who are the head of my department and I felt like I had no choice but to stand with them. I support them.”

West Chester University has posted on their website that students should go to class and if professors aren’t there then students can go home.

However, Eyewitness News has heard on the picket line that this strike will essentially shut down classes today.

“I have a class at 10 and my professor is walking right now. So I will not be there, I will be standing here with her. My professors have all told us they will be here striking and I’m not going to go to class to be taught by some replacement professor, that’s not what I paid for. I paid to be taught by this incredible faculty that I chose this university for. That’s why I’m here.”

Fourteen college and universities across Pennsylvania are affected, impacting more than 100,000 students.

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  1. James J Farrell says:

    Why not publish what these professors receive in salary and benefits? Don’t these students know that higher salaries will mean increased tuition? But then again hillary will get the taxpayers to pay for their tuition.

  2. Jesse Peterson says:

    But still, Sander is standing in solidarity with her professors.

    “I woke up this morning and came out to see what was going on and I saw two professors who are the head of my department and I felt like I had no choice but to stand with them. I support them.”

    Clearly you are a brainwashed idiot, Lauren.

    1. reezyree40 says:

      Salaries aside you just called a student ,who voiced her opinon, “a brainwashed idiot?” That is highly inappropriate. It takes a lot of guts to stand in front of a camera and tell over 20,000 people who watch the news how she feels about an issue. It’s sad that “Keyboard warriors” ,like yourself, have to say such demeaning things to someone’s character you haven’t even met. I pray for you.

  3. Jesse Peterson says:

    Come on, (((media))). Let’s see the bloated salaries of these starving professors.

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