An Op-Ed in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press by Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, praises the Michigan Employment Relations Commission for making the correct decision in blocking an attempt to illegally unionize graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan, but calls on the Legislature to clarify that “private contractors cannot be unionized as public employees even if they receive indirect state subsidies.”

Wright pointed out that MERC has erred in the past when presented with similar unionization schemes, both for home-based day care owners and operators home-based health aides.

“Failing to act will leave state residents and business owners in perpetual doubt about their government, their freedom and the state’s economic future,” Wright said.

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