UM: Unions

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a motion on July 28 with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to prevent University of Michigan graduate student research assistants from being unionized as public employees. The motion – filed on behalf of Melinda Day, a GSRA with UM’s Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department – is in response to a resolution passed by UM regents in May that supported the right of GRAs to unionize, if they choose. UM president Mary Sue Coleman spoke against the resolution, and the board’s two Republican regents voted against it. [.pdf file of motion filed with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission]