PSU, faculty union reach tentative agreement to avoid strike

PORTLAND, Ore. - Faculty at Portland State University will stay on the job.

The university and the union on Sunday reached a tentative agreement on a new contract to avoid a strike, according to PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher.

State mediators were on hand as representatives from PSU and the American Association of University Professors spent 32 hours in negotiations over the weekend, Gallagher said in a news release.

"We are pleased to announce that we have to come to a fair agreement with the AAUP 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."

If approved, the agreement would mean all faculty salaries would be increased to a minimum $40,000 per year. There would also be salary increases over the next two years.

"PSU faculty and academic professionals are very happy to have reached an agreement with the PSU administration that retains valued contract protections for the faculty role in university governance; increases the stability of the faculty by significantly increasing the proportion of full-time, non-tenure-track faculty on two or three-year contracts; creates a clear mechanism for inclusive planning for academic quality; and provides for a more equitable pay structure," said Mary King, president of PSU's chapter of the AAUP.

Portland State University has 29,000 students.

"The PSU community - faculty, students, administration and staff - can now come together for a successful and uninterrupted spring term," said President Wiewel.