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Court Denies Claim in CSU Faculty Union Lawsuit

(Jan. 11, 2007) – The Los Angeles Superior Court today denied a writ application by the California Faculty Association against the California State University alleging a violation of the Open Meeting Act.  The CFA, who represents more than 22,000 faculty members and lecturers at 23 campuses, had originally filed a petition alleging the CSU violated both the Open Meeting and the Public Records Act when it did not provide written materials or discuss in open session the return of former CSU Chancellor Barry Munitz to the campus of Cal State Los Angeles.  However, on July 28, 2006, after the filing of CSU’s motion to dismiss, the CFA admitted that its original claims were both groundless, and filed a motion to amend the complaint to allege an alternate Open Meeting Act theory, claiming that the CSU Trustees were not permitted to discuss Munitz’s employment in a closed session.  Today the court denied the CFA’s claim and ruled that CSU prevails.    

Munitz rejoined the faculty under the CSU’s “Trustee Professor Program” that was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1981.  The program provides for former system executives appointed before 1992 to return to a CSU campus.  The policy has since been superseded by an executive transition program for campus presidents and executives.

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Last Updated: January 11, 2007

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