Labor group protests threaten millions in funding for University of Michigan
The use of college students in labor group protests outside a Dearborn restaurant is threatening millions of dollars in state funding for the University of Michigan, according to a Detroit News report.
The newspaper says House Republicans want U-M to dissociate with Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan after a 15-month labor dispute with the Andiamo chain that was settled last March.
A new provision in the $4.7 million in state funds for U-M would prohibit universities from collaborating with "a nonprofit worker center whose documented activities include coercion through protest, demonstration or organization against a Michigan business," according to the report.
Professors say this provision infringes on academic freedom.