Faculty, state universities reach tentative contract agreement

Strike averted at 14 state-owned universities

Deal to avert strike close at hand

After two days of marathon negotiations it appears a statewide strike has been averted at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

A union negotiating committee, made up of union leaders from all 14 campuses, unanimously approved a tentative contract agreement Monday.

Since June 2011, unionized faculty members have been working without a contract and a strike has been looming for months.

Details about the tentative deal are not being released yet but many students at Kutztown University are breathing a sigh of relief now that a strike is unlikely.

"I think it's better it's not going to happen because if it did happen it'd slow down my chance to graduate," said Treyvon Hall.

"I'd like to continue my schooling without problems added on to my agenda," said Bram Wilusz.

The agreement with the State System of Higher Education will be presented Friday to the union's legislative assembly which could send it to members for ratification.

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