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The Minnesota State College Faculty, the union representing about 4,400 faculty members as Minnesota's 25 state community and technical colleges, has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

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The tentative agreement would cover a two-year period ending June 30, 2009. Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the parties have an opportunity to review the tentative agreement.

In a joint statement issued today, the union's President Greg Mulcahy and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James McCormick said: "We are pleased to have reached a tentative settlement."

The Minnesota State College Faulty Board of Directors will meet and make recommendation to the faculty, who will vote in the agreement. It will then be forwarded to the Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees and ultimately to the Legislature for approval.

The Bureau of Mediation Services assisted the parties in reaching tentative agreement Tuesday evening.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities, community colleges, technical colleges and combined community and technical colleges located on 53 campuses across the state. The system serves approximately 242,000 student annually in credit-based courses and another 140,000 in non-credited cousres.

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