Former UNI Professors Hopeful After Latest Court Decision

A driver drives through the gateway of the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

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By Richard Pratt

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Some professors who took incentive packages and resigned from the University of Northern Iowa are hopeful they could get their jobs back following a court decision that found the buyout offers should have been negotiated through their union.

Professor Anne Lair, who headed UNI's French department, tells the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier she's waiting for the university to offer her position back after the Sept. 29 ruling that the buyouts should have been negotiated.

Attorney general's office spokesman Eric Tabor says the Iowa Board of Regents may appeal the decision to the Iowa Supreme Court. The regents have until Oct. 29 to decide whether to appeal.

Joe Gorton, the president of UNI's faculty union, says an appeal would be a waste of time and money.

UNI officials declined to comment.

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