Temple University and Union Reach Agreement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Temple University and the union representing professors reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, resolving disputes that led to a 29-day strike.
But bitterness remained as the Temple faculty senate voted 116-1 on Thursday to have the entire faculty vote on a demand that university President Peter J. Liacouras resign. Liacouras’ opponents said he was not giving the faculty enough voice in decision-making.
Neither side would release details of the contract agreement reached late Thursday.
″I will talk to the members first,″ said Arthur Hochner, president of the Temple Association of University Professionals. The association represents 1,100 faculty members and other academic employees.
The union rejected the university’s offer of 5 percent annual pay increases and struck Sept. 4. The walkout ended Oct. 3 after a judge ordered professors to return to their classrooms. The university then revised the calendar, extending fall semester classes through Jan. 15.
Union members will vote next week on ratification of the agreement, Hochner said.
Temple spokesman George Ingram said the agreement grew out of 60 to 70 hours of negotiations over the past week.
Negotiators resolved the issue of pay for teachers who have been asked to work an extended schedule to make up classes missed during the strike, he said.
Liacouras released a statement saying the administration was pleased about the tentative settlement.
″We are especially pleased that the length of this contract will provide for long-range stability,″ he said. But he wouldn’t say how long the contract was.
Liacouras, a former dean of the Temple law school, has been university president since 1982.