ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Central Washington University Board of Trustees approved a new four-year contract for faculty Friday, a week after educators approved it.

The four-year agreement calls for a new faculty compensation and reward system as well as across-the-board salary increases in each year of the contract. According to CWU, salaries would increase 5 percent for this year, retroactive to Sept. 1; 4 percent for 2014 and 2015; and 3 percent for 2016.

The new contract also replaces the current merit system with a post-tenure review reward model, enhances department chair compensation and adds a development fund pool for senior lecturers, according to the university. In addition, parental leave of up to six weeks is available under the collective bargaining agreement.

School officials and union representatives said the negotiations and ensuing contract are good for students.

“CWU students have access to research and scholarship that is distinctive in Washington and we believe that academic opportunity and rigor will only improve with this contract,” CWU President James L. Gaudino said in a prepared statement. “Students will know that Central is committed to recruiting, retaining, and rewarding faculty who bring a quality commitment to teaching and scholarship.”

Faculty union president Roxanne Easley said the deal offers better faculty working conditions, which will improve education for students.

“Improving faculty salaries in a national market and reinforcing our commitment to faculty and student research collaboration are major faculty concerns,” she also said in a prepared statement, “and this contract makes progress on both of these fronts.”