Pa. universities, union clash over smoking ban

December 23, 2008 10:03:59 AM PST
The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities has aired its complaints about a campus smoking ban before a state labor board official. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said during a hearing Tuesday that the State System of Higher Education should have negotiated with the union before banning indoor and outdoor smoking in September.

State system administrator Michael Mottola says officials didn't discuss the change with the union first because they were facing a deadline to comply with a new statewide indoor smoking ban that took effect that month.

Chancellor John Cavanaugh has said he interprets the law to include all campus grounds - particularly because some classes are held outside.

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