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Sep 9, 2011 7:49 AM by Sharlee Barriere

LSU Faculty Senate Supports New Union

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU Faculty Senate has voted in favor of supporting the faculty's organized labor union, called "LSUnited."
The faculty group easily approved the resolution on Thursday after the language was weakened somewhat to urge the faculty to "support" the union, rather than the original language that pushed them to "join" LSUnited.
The faculty union, which is a partnership with the Louisiana Association of Educators, formed last year amid LSU budget cuts and academic program terminations.
LSUnited spokesman Michael Russo said the union is needed for the faculty to take a stand against the "offensively paternalistic attitude" of the university administration.
LSU ChancellorMichael Martin did not attend to participate in Thursday's debate, nor did any other top LSU officials.

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