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California Faculty Strike Averted, Terms Of Deal Pending



UPDATE April 8, 7:30 a.m. : (AP) - California State University officials and the union that represents campus faculty are scheduled to reveal the terms Friday of a salary agreement that averted an unprecedented strike at the 23 campuses.

The California Faculty Association and Cal State officials said in a joint announcement Thursday that they had reached a tentative deal on the size of the pay increases for 26,000 professors, lecturers and others.

The two sides haven't described how the months-long stalemate that threatened to cancel classes for five days finally was broken.

Union members currently are in the second-year of a three-year contract that included across-the-board pay raises of 3 percent for the 2014-15 school year. Under that contract, salaries for subsequent years had to be renegotiated.

The faculty association sought a 5 percent salary increase for 2015-16 along with a 2.7 percent pay bump based on years of service. The university offered raises of 2 percent - the same increase it had given other employees.

Original Post: California State University officials and the union that represents campus faculty members say they've reached a tentative agreement to avoid a five-day strike and will reopen contract negotiations. 

The faculty association initially scheduled a strike for April 13 to 15 and April 18 to 19 at all 23 Cal State campuses unless the system before then increases the size of the pay raises the union's 26,000 members will receive this school year.

The union has been seeking a 5 percent salary increase, while the university has offered 2 percent.

An announcement will be made Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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