Frustrated Faculty at Louisiana State U. May Form Union

A Faculty Uprising Stirs at Louisiana State U. 1

Cheryl Gerber, The New York Times

Ivor van Heerden, a hurricane researcher at Louisiana State U., has accused the university of firing him for political reasons related to his criticism of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which supplies grant money to the university.

Like coastal residents waiting out a hurricane, many faculty members at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge feel buffeted by forces beyond their control. In recent years, they have suffered reductions in their retirement benefits, faced threats of program cuts and furloughs, and watched their administration both move to reorganize academic programs with little faculty input and fire a prominent scholar without any stated justification.

That scholar, Ivor van Heerden, who has