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Just hours before a strike would have shuttered classes at nine University of California campuses, University Council-AFT—the union representing 6,500 lecturers—announced it had a tentative agreement and the action was called off. After 2 1/2 years of negotiations and a final bargaining session that lasted until 4 a.m., UC-AFT President Mia McIver calls the contract “the best contract in UC-AFT history and among the best nationwide for contingent faculty,” with “transformative” measures for job security, pay raises and expanded family leave.