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  • California: The California Faculty Association, the union representing California State University faculty, filed an unfair labor practice charge against the institution. The charge alleges that Chancellor Timothy White and the university are bargaining in bad faith. The two parties have been at an impasse since June regarding faculty raises. Cal State officials say they cannot comment on pending litigation, but said "CSU remains committed to the collective bargaining process and to reaching a negotiated agreement" (Rivera, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/20).
  • Louisiana: John Bel Edwards won the governor's race on Saturday. The Democrat pledged to stop cuts to the state's higher education funding implemented under current Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Edwards also says he will end "cuts and closure" discussions of merging or closing colleges and will improve the faculty retirement system ("Quick Takes," Inside Higher Ed, 11/23).             
  • Rhode Island: Brown University President Christina Paxson announced a plan to invest $100 million in the next decade to "address racism and injustice" on campus. The 19-page plan details steps to create "a just and inclusive" environment, including expanding the ethnic and racial diversity of the campus community (Naylor, Providence Journal, 11/21).

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