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Pennsylvania Faculty Can’t Bargain Over Background Check Policy

March 26, 2020, 9:30 PM

A requirement that all faculty members for Pennsylvania’s state system of higher education submit to criminal background checks is an inherent managerial policy that isn’t subject to collective bargaining negotiations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday.

More than 6,000 faculty members are represented by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. The faculty teach at the 14 colleges and universities that make up the state’s higher education system.

The system instituted the background check and reporting requirements policy in 2014, on grounds that minors are regularly present on campus events and activities.

The union claimed that excluding bargaining...

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