The University of Texas System linkurl:settled; a linkurl:lawsuit; yesterday (Apr. 13) agreeing to give hiring priority to more than 2,400 University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) employees who were fired in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which decimated the island campus in Galveston.
"There were concrete things gained here but it remains a horrible labor relations and employment situation [at UTMB]," Tom Johnson, executive director of the linkurl:Texas Faculty Association,; told __The Scientist__. The association, which advocates for faculty members and support staff at Texas higher education institutions, and three Galveston residents sued the UT System linkurl:last December,; alleging that the mass layoffs were done in secret, closed-door meetings that violated the Texas Open Meetings Act. The UT System, which admitted no wrongdoing and maintained that the firings complied with state law, agreed to pay $22,500 in legal fees to the faculty group's lawyer, linkurl:Joe Jaworski,; and to establish an...

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