The Association of Pennsylvania State College Faculty was established in 1937. In 1960 it became the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF). Both of these organizations were professional associations, not collective bargaining units. While these groups represented faculty views to the Board of State College Presidents and other governing agencies, they did not have bargaining power.
In 1970, Pennsylvania passed Act 195 that allowed state employees to be represented by a collective bargaining unit. The faculty of the state colleges and university voted on the issue and selected APSCUF as their representative. The first bargaining agreement was enacted in 1972.
Each campus elected its own chapter president. At Edinboro, the first president was Russell Vance, serving from 1971-73. He was followed in order by; Micque Brown 1971-73, Marie Palmer (Papesch) 1975-79, Harvey Heath 1979-81, Marie Palmer (Papesch) 1981-83, Tom Heard 1983-99, Baher Ghosheh 1999-01, Sherry Reynolds 2001-2005, Dave Obringer 2005-2009 and Jean Jones, 2009-to the time of this writting.
APSCUF- Edinboro Chapter
There are both individual school chapters as well as the state level organization. The information contained here includes newsletters, memos, reports, policies and procedures. There are also various other materials in the series. The range for the series is from 1943 to 2010.
The Edinboro Chapter series contains the newsletter (1948-2001), memos, committee reports, policies and procedures, membership and negotiated contracts. The EUP APSCUF newsletter is called the EUP APSCUF Dialog. Throughout the years, the newsletter provided information pertaining to different teacher related issues such as contract negotiations, retirement information, workshops, and awards. Additionally, there was a newsletter published by the Edinboro Faculty Association. It was called the Faculty Association ESC Newsletter (1972-1975). The newsletter was designed to provide information on the local level concerning news emanating from local interaction as well as state wide events which had a local impact. There is the inaugural copy of newsletter from 1972 located in the series. A journal of opinion was also published from Edinboro's APSCUF called the Political Informant. There are two copies from 1976 in this collection. The memos included information regarding dates and times of meetings, dues, petitioning special concerns, etc. The memos were to keep the teachers aware of their rights as well as to keep them updated on topics of concern at that time.
Amongst the committee reports, there were documents that spanned from 1973-1985. The documents included in the series were promotions information, the Distinguished Teaching/ Service Award, Summer School Policy and minutes from previous APSCUF meetings. These minutes discuss the issues of the time such as retrenchment, funding, summer school, etc.
There are some documents of policies and procedures in the series as well. The documents included a 1973 Professional Standards and Practices booklet, 1975-1976 Political and Legislative Handbook, 1976-1977 Policies and Procedures and the constitution and by-laws for the association of state teachers college faculties in Pennsylvania from about 1943. There are three separate sets of membership for ASPCUF in the series. The sets were for the retrenched faculty of 1981, seniority lists from 1973-186, and a general membership list.
There also are bargaining agreements between the APSCUF and the SSHE. The purpose of these agreements were to create a fair, positive work environment. The bargaining agreements were from 1971-1974, 1975-1977, 1981, 1981-1984, 1983-1985, 1985-1987, 1987- 1990, 1990-1993. Other bargaining agreements include: the affiliation of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and APSCUF of 1972, Due Process Hearing Process (1974) and Grievance Procedure and Arbitration (1974). Additionally, there bargaining agreements between the Executive branch of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and APSCUF from 1981-1983. The Program & Welfare Benefits Fund from 1984 and 1987 are found in the series as well. Finally, there are management evaluations located within the series. These evaluations were given to the faculty to evaluate the managers of the University. The managers of the University were considered to be the top administers (e.g. President, Vice-presidents, and Deans). There are many memos regarding the evaluations. There are also spread sheets and narrative descriptions for the evaluations. These evaluations were anonymous in order to receive unbiased responses from the faculty.
APSCUF- State Organization
The information regarding the state organization include memos, newsletters and materials distributed at legislative assembly.. There are a multitude of various memos that range from 1976-2000. The memos discussed possible strike guidelines and directions, negotiations for new contracts, endorsements of political leaders, and additions as well as revisions to law. A two year calendar from 1994-1996 that showcased students from each college or university in the State System of Higher Education is found in the series as well.
The APSCUF Newsletter also is located within this series. The newsletters range from 1973 to 2001. This newsletter updated their members on current issues pertaining to SSHE and APSCUF. Some issues included in the newsletter were new contract negotiations, disputes over various aspects of the contracts, various benefit packages, meeting and conference information, and individual college and university information. There are APSCUF journals located in the series as well. The journals range from 1966- 1970. The journals discuss different issues within the State System of Higher Education. It was published by the APSCUF. The journals from 1966-1969 are not part of the file. These journals are bound together in a seperate book.
Note written by Dave Obringer