By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Faculty and coaches at West Chester, Cheyney and 12 other state-owned Pennsylvania universities are voting this week on whether to authorize a strike. Union members have been working without a contract since June of last year.

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Governor Corbett said Monday that, as they vote on authorizing a possible strike, he hopes faculty at the state-owned universities will remember the taxpayers of the state and parents of students, all of whom support the universities.

“And I would urge them to understand, as I have been saying, that education is not recession-proof.”

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Lauren Gutshall, spokeswoman for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, says the union simply wants a fair contract.

“A fair contract that falls in line with what Governor Corbett negotiated with the other major public sector unions in the state.”

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Gutshall says union members are not voting on whether to go on strike, but whether to authorize their leadership to call a strike if necessary. The results are to be announced Friday.