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Divided faculty at Treasure Valley Community Valley says yes to a new pay deal

ONTARIO – Treasure Valley Community College faculty has voted to approve a new labor contract. One faculty member reported the vote was close -- 20-16 in favor of signing the new deal.

Word of the ratification came late Tuesday afternoon. The college board is expected to approve the agreement at its meeting Tuesday night, ending more than a year of discord over pay, class size and other contract issues.

The draft agreement was distributed to faculty members last week after a final round of negotiations between the faculty union and college administrators.

College officials and union leaders have refused to release terms of the contract even though bargaining teams struck their deal last week.

Officials at Treasure Valley Community College previously said that contracts that come out of mediation could be withheld from the public. One official also . . .