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St. FX strike over

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Students at St. Francis Xavier University can head back to class on Monday.

Striking professor sand faculty members voted 96% in favour of a deal with the university administration on Saturday.

“We look forward to getting our students back to class and resuming the term,” said academic vice-president and provost Mary B. McGillivray in a statement.

The four-year contract ends a strike that's kept students out of class since Jan. 28. They now have one week of school before reading week begins.

The more than 400 members of the St. FX Association of University Teachers had been working without a contract for eight months.

Among other things, the profs demanded wage increases, longer contracts for short-term workers, improved retirement benefits and health and dental for part-time staff.

The new deal gives them a 1.5% raise in the first year, 2% in the second and third, and 2.5% in the final. Part-time works will get health and dental up to $500 per year.

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