The Michigan Employment Relations Commission unanimously rejected a petition from the Graduate Employees Organization to unionize the students because they are just that — students — and not public employees. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation had filed a motion in the matter on behalf of Melinda Day, a student who objected to the unionization.
“MERC enforced the law, rather than allowing a politically divided U-M Board of Regents to bypass it through a hasty resolution,” Patrick Wright, MCLF director, told the Free Press. “This resolution called for a public employee union election for a group of students who weren’t public employees in the first place. The regents have no legal authority to expand the statutory definition of public employees.”