The Latest: Contract talks break down as strike looms


HARRISBURG - Contract negotiations appear to have broken down between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union as a strike deadline looms.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties set a strike for 5 a.m. Wednesday for its more than 5,000 faculty members and coaches if no agreement is reached.

A walkout would likely stall classes mid-semester for more than 100,000 students at 14 state universities.

The union said Tuesday night on its Facebook page that the state had handed it its last best offer and was done negotiating. It says a final decision about a strike will come at 4:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf urged both sides to continue to negotiate.

The union's last contract expired June 30, 2015.

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