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Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM by Judy Slate - MTN News

Montana State Uninv. professors to vote on union

BOZEMAN - Professors at Montana State University will soon be voting to either keep their union or dissolve it.

The union is relatively new, and have had a contract for two years. The union represents only tenure track professors, with leaders saying they know the current contract isn't perfect, but they are urging member to stay the course.

"Instead of unilateral decision-making by administrators, the opportunity to have a collective bargaining agreements allows us a voice, a voice at the table, a legally binding opportunity to be in a dialogue and work for a change." Said MSU Professor Sandy Osborne.

The other side believes the union takes the professors away from their main responsibility of teaching and has created a negative environment.

"They've created barriers for talking to administrators so while in the past the relationship with the administration was based on mutual respect and trust now in the philosophy of the union, the administration is the enemy." said MSU Professor Bennett Link.

The ballots were mailed out Wednesday and are due back by April 16.

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