Dozens of HACC faculty rally for another push to form a union; administration denies allegations


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Dozens of Harrisburg Area Community College faculty made another push to form a union on Monday, Sept. 6.

Beginning at 11 a.m., faculty held a rally at HACC’s Harrisburg campus to urge the president and board of trustees to protest what they say are lengthy delays.

In December, the Pennsylvania State Education Association filed a petition for representation with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. Some faculty say HACC has been drafting out the process by using administrative delays.

“They constantly ask for continuances and there are ongoing debates over faculty lists and pre-conference calls don’t amount to anything,” Amy Withrow, English professor, said. “There are several ways they can slow down the process, and that is what has been happening.”

In a statement, the school says it strongly disagrees with the claims and had no comment about the rally.

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Campaign organizers say they believe a union will also help bring stability to their jobs and respect for their work, which they say is much needed after numerous organizational changes were made by the administration in recent years with no real input from faculty.

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The HACC administration issued a statement last week denying the allegations and would not comment on the Monday rally. HACC is the last remaining Pennsylvania community college without faculty union representation.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing on Sept. 9 where they will listen to arguments from the faculty and the administration. The board has the authority to allow the faculty to vote on unionization if the administration does not give the green light.

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