LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Government Operations Committee has approved a bill that would block the unionization of graduate student research assistants at state-funded universities, according to The Associated Press. The vote was 3-2 along party lines and the bill now moves to the Senate floor.
According to the AP, the bill comes in response to an attempt to unionize by a group of graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan. The bill seeks to put into law a 1981 decision by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that found grad students were not employees and therefore not eligible to unionize.
The Associated Press, “Michigan bill would ban some grad student unions,” Feb. 21, 2012
Michigan Capitol Confidential, “Bill To Stop Graduate Student Unionization Moves Ahead,” Feb. 22, 2012