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Four faculty file grievances against UTB and TSC

Written by Joe D. Molina

Four faculty members have filed grievances against the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College after receiving termination notices that take effect May 31, 2013.

The faculty members are tenured and are members of the Texas Faculty Association, which has assisted them in filing the grievances. The faculty members, whom the TFA will not identify, received tenure before UTB and TSC entered into a partnership agreement in 1992.

TFA is also helping six others to determine on what grounds to file a grievance, age discrimination being one of the possibilities considered.

About 20 faculty members who are members of TFA have appealed their termination before the UT System since the termination notices were issued last March.

The Texas Faculty Association, based in Austin, is affiliated with the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

Asked to define tenure, TSTA staff attorney Russell Ramirez replied via phone interview on Oct. 26: “Typically, it takes about seven years to become tenured. Once you are tenured, your employment cannot be terminated except for good cause. In our situation, we felt that some of our members, that they were being subject to this RIF for arbitrary reasons, and then they would replace them with tenure-track people.”

According to Ramirez, a tenure-track professor receives one-third the compensation a tenured professor receives.

“As you can see, it’s a lot less expensive,” he explained. “We also see a lot of bias toward … teachers over 40 [years of age], people that have been there for 30 years or more.”

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