- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Adjunct professors at Point Park University in Pittsburgh have ratified their first contract since voting to unionize last year.

The private school and the United Steelworkers announced the tentative contract in September. The union announced Thursday that the 3½-year deal had been ratified by the part-time professors on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1GOFpr7 ) reports the deal includes 23-percent raises over the life of the contract for more than 300 adjunct professors. The union says the contract was approved by a 93-percent margin in mail-in balloting.

The contract also includes job security and academic expression rules, as well as procedures for grievances and arbitration.

University president Paul Hengan previously said the school “maintains great respect for its part-time faculty.”

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