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OUS, Workers Union Reach a Deal

SALEM, Ore. — The classified workers union and the Oregon University System have reached a deal, averting a strike that would have started five days from now.

Negotiations continued until 2:30 on Thursday morning. The contract affects about 4,000 employees, including 1,100 at the University of Oregon. Workers had been holding out for a cost-of-living pay increase after five years of pay freezes. Under this deal, workers will receive a 1.5% cost of living increase at the end of next year.

The step system is another big issue; workers currently hit their maximum earning potential after nine years, and the union says that OUS wanted to stretch it to 18 years. After negotiations, it has stayed at nine years.

This tentative agreement now moves to a vote by more than 4,000 workers represented by SEIU 503.

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