NEW BRUNSWICK (AP) — Full-time faculty and graduate students at Rutgers University have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay raises.

Johnson Park at Rutgers University in New Brunswick (Rutgers University)

The teachers' union said Thursday that more than 97 percent of faculty members with the Rutgers University American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers voted to approve the contract.

The contract raises pay by an average of 8 percent. The union represents more than 7,000 faculty and graduate assistants.

Rutgers said last month that it was pleased with the deal, which runs through 2018. It includes a $2,345 salary increase retroactive to last September and other across-the-board and merit raises.

Rutgers professors are paid more than any other college professors in the state outside of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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