Over 5,000 faculty from Pennsylvania's state-owned universities went on strike today, leaving students confused, upset and ready to party.
The faculty strike is the result of failing to reach significant contract negotiations between Pennsylvania's state education system and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has been pushing for both sides to reach an agreement, but he's seen little success.
Over one hundred thousand students are effected by this faculty strike, with many professors canceling class or not showing up to teach. Pa.'s state system is vast and includes West Chester, Kutztown, Millersville, Shippensburg, Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Slippery Rock universities.
While students are uncertain about the status of their classes and their fall semester, some are making use of their newfound free time.
In other news, West Chester U has broken into spontaneous binge drinking due to a teacher strike— Dalton George (@Daltg15) October 19, 2016
Let's show the teachers our support for the strike with a day keg....— Charles Livingston (@ChaLivingston) October 19, 2016
Here's to a swift resolution to the strike. Check out Philadelphia Magazine's article for more info on the strike and how students are dealing with it.