Michigan Senate Votes To Block University Student Research Assistants From Forming A Union

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Graduate student research assistants would be unable to join unions under a bill that cleared the state Senate Wednesday backed by the Republican majority. The bill, which was approved in committee only the day before, now heads to the state House. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R- Monroe, said the intention was “to uphold the faculty-student relationship. These students are students. The faculty serves as mentors to these students as they pursue advanced degrees. All we’re saying is, ‘Geeze, students are students, just like they always have been.’” The bill was blasted by Democrats, with Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing calling it “government overreach.”

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