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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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