Duquesne University PD Ends Strike After Reaching Tentative Agreement

Duquesne and the officers’ union had been engaged in months of negotiations over pensions, healthcare, wages, and seniority.

Duquesne University has reached a tentative agreement with its campus police department after its 28 police and security officers went on strike on Monday.

The school and Teamsters Local 249 had been engaged in months of negotiations over officer pensions, healthcare, wages, and seniority, reports WTAE.  Before the tentative agreement, both sides had met about 20 times since August. The officers’ contract expired in October.

Union leaders claimed the university was acting in bad faith, attempting to take away officer healthcare and not giving any raises. Duquesne University, however, said it was acting in good faith negotiations, claiming the school’s “total compensation package offered most recently to our police officers and security guards is among the most generous in higher education in our region, and includes other significant compensation and incentives.”

On Tuesday night, however, both sides were able to successfully address the impasse, reports the Post Gazette. Campus police officers and security guards returned to work at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The terms of the tentative agreement have not been released.

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