UM: Unionization

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette is asking the state Supreme Court to stop a hearing set for Wednesday, Feb. 1 –  a hearing that could determine whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) can unionize. “Schuette, a Republican, has been barred by the Court of Appeals from taking part in the hearing. The hearing is to decide whether to overturn a 1981 Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruling stating the GSRAs are students and not employees, meaning they can’t unionize. Schuette argues in his filing, which was made public late today, that because the U-M Board of Regents voted to recognize the GSRAs as employees, no one will be arguing against unionization during the hearing.” [Source]