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Faculty at 14 Pennsylvania state universities went on strike Wednesday morning, affecting more than 100,000 students, after contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the faculty union hit an impasse.The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced on its website that its members went on strike at 5 a.m. since no agreement could be reached. The union represents more than 5,000 faculty and coaches across the state, and a walkout would likely halt classes mid-semester.State System spokesman Kenn Marshall couldn't be reached Wednesday morning after the strike was announced, and the state hadn't posted an updated statement about the strike on its website or Facebook page.Marshall said the two sides made significant progress during negotiations, including reaching tentative agreements on more than a dozen significant issues, including distance education, recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and professional responsibilities outside of the classroom.
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