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Senate passes ban on university faculty unions

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has passed a proposal to get rid of the faculty union at the state’s universities.

The faculty union has at times been instrumental in resisting proposals from lawmakers to shake up the university system.

The Board of Regents that oversees the university system has resisted oversight from lawmakers in recent years. Gov. Kristi Noem supports the proposal.

The governor’s office and other proponents argue that the contract negotiations are costly and prevent universities from adapting through the hiring of professors without tenure.

Opponents argued that the bill threatens the ability of the state to recruit faculty.

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