ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has reached a tentative contract agreement with its university faculty union.

MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone announced the deal Wednesday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the agreement comes after nearly a year of negotiations.

Details were not released. Earlier this year, the two sides brought in a state mediator to help with the talks.

In a statement to its members, the Inter Faculty Organization says the mediator urged the sides to hold off on releasing details to the media.

The settlement must be approved by the full faculty and the MnSCU Board of Trustees.

If the faculty and board approve the contract, it will go to the Legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations. If the subcommittee approves it, it will go into effect pending approval by the state Legislature next year.

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