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Graduate Assistants at U. of Oregon End Strike

Graduate assistants at the University of Oregon have reached a tentative contract agreement with the administration, ending an eight-day strike that left classes short-staffed as final examinations began, The Oregonian reports. The university met the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation’s central demand for paid medical and family leave by guaranteeing that a hardship fund would be established.

The deal’s announcement followed a 22-hour mediation session. Union officials told the newspaper that graduate assistants would return to work on Wednesday.

Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, praised the contract in a written statement on Wednesday. “Not only will it meet the needs of graduate students during life’s most challenging and rewarding times, it also allows the university to meet those needs in a fiscally responsible way and will help us attract the best graduate students in the country,” he said.

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