November 29, 2009
Frustrated Faculty at Louisiana State U. May Form Union
Cheryl Gerber, The New York Times
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