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Overarching Feelings

Striking For Quality

Striking for quality

Prior to the strike, the general feeling interviewees initially experienced fell somewhere between nervous and stressful. This anxious atmosphere stemmed from the uncertainty surrounding the event as many key concerns remained unanswered. Such issues included: “not knowing if we were going to strike, how long it would go, being without pay, and being without health insurance potentially for a while.”1 

“Like, there was just a little bit of, I think people weren’t expecting it to actually happen, and then it happened, and everybody was like…shocked.”2 -Kathryn Allen

In the past, while conversations of walking out occurred, the decision to act always fell through. As Ken Smith (Economics) elaborated, as his “fourth or fifth contract, every year it’s gotten close and we avoided it.”3 Predominantly, faculty and administrative interviewees originally deduced the potentiality to nothing more than “another time when we’re going to have a strike authorization vote."4 Kathryn Allen’s (Organic/Polymer Chemistry) recollection of the “APSCUF meeting just before the strike” pushed this viewpoint forward.5 Her interpretation of the atmosphere recalled an undercurrent similar to saying: “‘We’re not going to strike. This is just preparing.’”6 Appropriately, the reality of the strike failed to register for many interviewees until the first walk-out date. 

  1. Ken Smith (Economics) interview by Hunter Mengel, December 6, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  2. Kathryn Allen (Organic/Polymer Chemistry) interview by Abigail Gruber, November 15, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  3. Smith, interview. 
  4. Barry David (Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology), interview by Elizabeth Nelson and Katie Barrett, November 28, 2016, transcript, Millersville University Special Collections, Millersville, PA.
  5. Allen, interview.
  6. Ibid.
  7. WGALTV, "Will teachers strike at 14 state-run universities" (news broadcast), accessed January 5, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuCVj8y3PzY.   
  8. WGALTV, "Will teachers of PA's state-owned universities strike" (news broadcast), accessed Janurary 5, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ok-J8q3oPA.