An association representing faculty members at 85 University of Texas institutions is suing university officials on behalf of more than 3,000 University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) employees given the pink slip last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. "[The University of Texas officials] had a predetermined agenda that had nothing to do with Ike" that included efforts to privatize universities and weaken the tenure process, Tom Johnson, executive director of the linkurl:Texas Faculty Association; (TFA), told __The Scientist__. Galveston attorney Joe Jaworski filed a lawsuit today (Dec. 2) alleging that the nine members of the University of Texas Board of Regents, under advice from the University of Texas System leadership, violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they held closed-door meetings and conference calls ahead of their November 12 announcement of mass layoffs at UTMB in Galveston. Johnson also implicated Kenneth Shine, interim chancellor of the UT system,...

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