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Arbitrator orders Florida State to rescind faculty layoffs

November 8, 2010

An independent arbitrator on Friday ordered Florida State University to rescind layoff notices to several tenured faculty members and criticized how administrators had decided which jobs would be cut.

The arbitrator held that the university had failed to clearly justify its choices to eliimiinate certain positions and had violated a provision of its faculty contract calling for it to try to protect jobs of those faculty members who had continuously worked there the longest.

The arbitrator sided against the union on the question of whether the university had given proper notice of the pending layoffs. And his ruling did nothing to help more than 40 nontenured faculty members who had been informed their contracts were not being renewed at the same time the layoff notices were sent to their tenured colleagues.

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Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education.