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Graham Sprague

Tentative Agreement Made, Strike Avoided, At PSU

OPB | April 7, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: April 8, 2014 10:21 a.m.

After a marathon session over the weekend, Portland State University and its faculty agreed to a new contract on Sunday morning.

Negotiations had been going on for better faculty wages for nearly a year. The faculty union had also voted on scheduling a strike on April 16th before the new contract was signed.

“We are pleased to announce that we have come to a fair agreement with the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) that offers salary increases for faculty for each of the next two years and settles the issue of the union’s role in tenure and promotion and post-tenure review guidelines,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel. “The Agreement also is fiscally responsible for PSU, as our priority has been to balance our budget and protect academic and student programs.”

The contract, which has yet to be ratified by the faculty union’s executive council, would raise the minimum salary to $40,000 per year. It would also increase salaries over the next two years.

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