The union representing teachers and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will begin strike authorization voting Monday.
They've been in contract negotiations with higher education officials since June of 2011. They are at odds over pay for part-time faculty, health care benefits and online education.
The vote comes several weeks before the end of the fall semester, which concludes on December 7, with finals beginning on December 10.
In order for the vote to pass, faculty at 10 out of the 14 schools must approve it. If the union does decide to strike, it would be the first ever faculty strike at state owned universities.
Voting continues Tuesday and Wednesday. Ballots will be counted on Friday.