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.