Students and teachers walk picket line at Edinboro University

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Faculty and students picket along the sidewalks of Meadville Street at Wednesday, Oct. 19.
State System faces a strike

By Rick Chernicky/

Faculty and students lined the sidewalks of Meadville Street bright and early with heart, sweat and tears. Local news outlets visited the strike to perform interviews and capture critical footage of the action. The sound of bagpipes could be heard in Edinboro at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

It was also the first time Edinboro's faculty union APSCUF had gone on strike in a contract dispute with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "Hey Hey Ho Ho, Frank Brogan Has Got To Go!" was one of the many chants expressed by picketers. Brogan is the chancellor of PASSHE. Oncoming traffic honked for the signs that asked people to support the event. Professors from all departments took part in the strike.

Regardless of the rain on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, faculty and students could still be found outside. Many students could be found bringing their colleagues food and umbrellas. Some of the strikers worked in shifts, but everyone stood by their posts for the most part. The strike ended Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, when a tentative contract between APSCUF and PASSHE was reached.