LSU faculty plans to start union

POSTED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 5:46pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 7:12pm

There are rumblings of a faculty union forming on the LSU campus. Some faculty say banding together could be the only way to fight the budget cuts threatening the flagship university and their jobs.

People leading the movement say they want the administration on board. They plan to take a stand against the government's cuts to higher education.

No decisions have been made as of yet about how to advance the union. Organizers say it could take several months to get a group organized.

University administrators aren't necessarily against the idea. In a statement today, Chancellor Michael Martin responded to the idea of a union.

“LSU embraces shared governance. The current system we have is working well especially during these difficult times, but I always welcome dialogue among all parties. The input from the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government is critical to being a strong university. We are open to any discussion that will help to advance the mission of the university and service to the people of the LSU community.”

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