LSU labor union calls for university to immediately halt in-person activities amid rise in COVID-19 cases

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LSU’s campus worker union is calling for the immediate end to all face-to-face activates on campus due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

“It does feel like the university does not value my life,” Anna McGill said.

Mcgill and Rachel Gnieski both work at LSU and are part of the United Campus Workers of Louisiana. They say if the university remains open everyone’s safety will be at risk.

“It has just been really overwhelming to feel like the university doesn’t care about the folks that are placing themselves in the most danger,” McGill said.

“I don’t want to get sick, I don’t want others to get sick,” Gnieski said.

COVID-19 numbers are on the rise at LSU. Wednesday, Interim President Tom Galligan reported 137 new cases since Monday, with 366 total cases reported since Aug. 15.

Galligan also said the school is investigating several student organizations and individual students for defying the governor’s orders on social gatherings.

“We have three or four ongoing investigations into organizational misconduct and currently we have two students moving through the process as well,” Galligan said.

LSU released a statement saying: “[campus officials] would be happy to meet with them to walk them through all the various factors we are keeping an eye on — number of positives being one. But that number by itself can’t be considered in isolation without understanding what’s behind it and the other factors we are tracking as well. There’s no one trigger that we are watching. There are multiple and it’s more akin to a temperature gauge.”

As of now, students will remain on campus until thanksgiving break and then transition to virtual learning for the rest of the semester.

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