An association representing University of Texas faculty members recently filed a lawsuit against university officials on behalf of UT Medical Branch employees. The suit, filed by the Texas Faculty Association (TFA), challenges the legitimacy of the decision to lay off 3,800 employees in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
The layoffs will result in a loss of approximately 550 beds at the Medical Branch’s John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.
The TFA suit argues that the UT Board of Regents’ decision to fire the workers violated the Texas Open Meetings Act because it was conducted behind closed doors.
TFA Executive Director Tom Johnson claims that the regents are trying to move the medical school away from Galveston Island and closer to Houston to serve wealthier patients. The regents, however, claim the school was running out of money even before the hurricane struck.