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MSU professors seeking union decertification vote

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 29 2012 11:32:14 AM MST
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Some professors at Montana State University are pushing for a vote to decertify the faculty union, saying it costs more than it's worth and negotiated the same small raises that other university system employees received.
   
Those behind the effort say they have received 120 petition cards of the more than 125 needed to authorize the vote by tenured and tenured-track professors.
   
Associated Faculty of MSU President Sandy Osborne says the union won $400,000 in additional pay over two years for market and merit raises and received guarantees that assistant and associate professors who earn promotions will receive raises.
   
Tenure and tenure-track faculty supported unionization by a 168-156 vote in April 2009, while non-tenured and adjunct faculty voted 101-51 in favor. The proposed decertification vote targets the union for tenured faculty.