PSU officials, faculty avert teacher strike

PSU officials, faculty avert teacher strike

PSU officials, faculty avert teacher strike

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 7:48 AM

PORTLAND -- Portland State University officials and the faculty union reached a tentative contract settlement Sunday, avoiding a teacher strike. 

The settlement was reached after long weekend negotiations. If an agreement hadn't been reached, faculty were threatening to strike starting April 16. 

Background: PSU struggling to avert possible teachers strike

The new agreement includes increases to the lowest-paid union-represented faculty.

All salaries will increase to $40,000, teachers will receive 2.5 percent raises both this and next year, and non tenure-track faculty will have longer contracts, giving them better job security. 

"We are pleased to announce that we have to come to a fair agreement with the [union],” said PSU President Wim Wiewel.“The PSU community – faculty, students, administration and staff – can now come together for a successful and uninterrupted spring term."

The agreement tentatively ends a year of contract negotiations that centered around complaints of unfair labor practices.  

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