2009-01-01 / Church News

Pa. Labor Board To Hear Smoking Ban Complaint

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An outdoor smoking ban at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is the focus of a state labor board hearing.

The State System of Higher Education's faculty union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint over the ban imposed in September by Chancellor John Cavanaugh.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says the system should have negotiated with the union before making the change. The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board scheduled a hearing on the complaint for Tuesday morning.

Cavanaugh ordered the outdoor ban in response to a new state law that bans smoking in most indoor spaces, including educational facilities. He says he interprets the law to include all campus grounds - particularly because some classes are held outside.

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