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LSU faculty union gets thumbs up from faculty senate

4 years ago September 08, 2011 Sep 8, 2011 Thursday, September 08 2011 Thursday, September 08, 2011 9:49:37 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  The LSU Faculty Senate voted in support of a faculty union Thursday night.

LSUnited organizers say the thumbs up leads the way to more members and sends a message to university administrators.

A year ago, faculty members started laying the ground work for a union.  That was spawned by the threat of severe state budget cuts to higher education.  The group got its designation as a union around Christmas when it affiliated with the Louisiana Association of Educators.

About a hundred professors are already on board with the organization.  If 50-percent of the faculty sign up, leaders say that'll lead to a voice with voting power.

Organizers say the university administration turned down its request to draft union dues for members from faculty pay checks.  They plan to appeal that decision to the Board of Supervisors.  LSU declined to comment for this story.

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