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Tenured faculty at Montana State reject union

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 25 2013 08:47:46 AM MDT
MontanasState University professors vote whether union will stay
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Tenured faculty at Montana State University have voted to decertify the union that has represented them for the past four years.

Members of the Associated Faculty of MSU voted 190-185 in favor of dissolving the union. Union president Sandy Osborne said six contested ballots weren't counted.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the parent union decided not to challenge the election. MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver said he didn't see any election irregularities.

Some professors began working toward decertification last fall, arguing union representation cost more than it was worth and negotiated the same small raises that other university system employees received.

The MEA-MFT is still affiliated with the faculty union representing about 200 adjunct, or non-tenurable, instructors.